Graphic Violence: The Creation of a Visual Archive in the Southern Cone


ACLS Project Development Grants


Romance Languages


Bringing together Memory, Comic and Indigenous Studies, this research explores graphic narratives that represent disasters perpetrated in Southern Cone Indigenous communities. Analyzing fictional and non-fictional comics, this research demonstrate that graphic narratives: generate a visual archive of experiences that do not have a record in Quechuan and Mapuche communities; call attention to their own materiality and limits, putting into question the very idea of knowledge; and create a graphic space where the gaze of the reader, the victims and the victimizers meet, producing an ethical imperative. Exploring concepts such as power, authority, and the gaze, the study questions colonial epistemes and expands the idea of documentation to graphic narratives.