[-empyre-] introducing week 3

Monika Weiss gniewna at monika-weiss.com
Mon Nov 24 06:59:10 EST 2014

When I was preparing the project in Santiago, Chile, one of the women who worked at the Museo told me she was very happy on that one particular day, because they found, she told me, a little finger bone that belonged to her husband’s hand. Now, she said with a smile, I can finally have a funeral for him, after all those years of searching. Her smile was something I will never forget. 
On Nov 23, 2014, at 12:43 AM, Ana Valdes <agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:

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> The Mothers of May started to walk round the plaza de Mayo, in Buenos Aires, silent, with huckles in their heads, carrying posters with the images of their missing children. It was in the 70:s. More than 30000 people dissapeared in Argentina and Uruguay. Many were buried alive. Many were drugged and thrown from airplanes to río de la Plata. 
> We are still finding old bones in hidden graves. 
> Ana
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> De: Murat Nemet-Nejat 
> Fecha:23/11/2014 02:42 (GMT-03:00) 
> A: christina.spiesel at yale.edu,soft_skinned_space 
> Asunto: Re: [-empyre-] introducing week 3 
> Perhaps the most powerful form of symbolic space is the plaza, from Tienanmen Square to Tahir Square to Maidan (which is a Turkish word) to Damascus to Taksim Square in Istanbul, to cite a few relatively recent examples, the symbolic action most feared by governments. I wrote a poem about thirty years ago "Fatima's Winter" exactly on the idea of the square (attached to a tool) as a potentially revolutionary space. Participants to our dialogue at Empyre may be interested in it. Though published, the poem is not on line. I don't know whether I can include it within the the post or attach is as a document. The poem is a few pages.
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