From muted places: Objects of resistance.

Dietrich, Martha-Cecilia (2020). From muted places: Objects of resistance. [Performance or Exhibition]. In: Soho in Ottakring Art Festival. Vienna, online: SOHO

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Bread crumbs, shells, cattle bones, stones, toilet paper, fruit stones, shreds of clothes, these are the materials from which political prisoners made objects during the armed conflict in Peru (1980-2000). In solitary confinement, they communicated with their loved ones via homemade gifts. Tiny artifacts spoke of great themes such as hope, devotion, determination, love and perseverance. In isolation, where employment and language are prohibited, personal objects symbolize political resistance because they give human existence a tangible form.

Expression as a political act turns everyday objects such as brooches, stuffed animals, cards, figurines and jewellery into dangerous objects, because they resist a regime that denies the authors’ existence.

The exhibition “From Muted Places” focuses on objects and stories of six women who have been prisoners in Lima’s high security prison of Santa Monica for several decades and deals with critical concepts such as voice, visibility and resistance.

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Audiovisual Material & Event (Performance or Exhibition)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Dietrich, Martha-Cecilia


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Anja Julienne Wohlgemuth

Date Deposited:

28 Apr 2021 06:39

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:50


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