This week we considered the ways in which artists such as screenwriters and performance artists represent femicide, sex trafficking, violence, and embodiment in media and Performance Art. Their questions about gender, mysoginy, disparity, strength, weakness, and violence against the female body in television, film, and on areas of performance art such as body art and earth art guided our discussion.
On Monday, we discussed the works of Ana Mendieta and the matters that her arts of writing represent: self-mutilation, writing with blood, animal cruelty, self-burial, indigenous religious rituals and practices, and how these relate to health and healing.
On Wednesday, we devoted the whole class to holding a dialogue about how the Netflix phenomenon ¿Quién mató a Sara? / Who Killed Sara? represents Latinas, religion, nature (not so much, although I had my opinion about it and we did not have time to get to it), and especially, embodiment. The screenwriter and creator of the series, José Ignacio “Chascas” Valenzuela, joined us for this fruitful discussion.
For this blogpost, please write your questions, comments, and/or critiques as you would like to pose them for Chascas to read them directly. As we did with Dr. Delgado, I will harvest these blogposts and, unless you instruct me NOT to share it with Chascas, I will make sure he gets them.
There is NO deadline for this blogpost. Make sure you post before the end of classes on December 6.
PS. Chascas was VERY impressed with your questions and comments, and would like to hear from ALL of you, if you wish to share. No pressure, though. But do post your thoughts here.