imagens aprisionadas

The photograph, which was forcibly taken by the political police, became another weapon of opposition against the regime in the sense that the subjects’ intimate ability to choose the expression with which they faced the camera was one more affirmation, albeit a very subtle one, of that individual freedom for which they were collectively fighting. The images of these faces, which retain their basic function as stereotypes due to their documental and archival status, are finally transformed by artistic interpretation into people with histories of political resistance, consecrating themselves through this public act of describing and looking at the epilogue of a lengthy period of activity intended to win freedom. (…) Democracy has been fighting against some degree of official and political resistance to this aspect of national history, perhaps out of a form of categorical tolerance and the appeased character of the Portuguese people, thereby placing amnesia on an ethical level that serves discourses of power and the elimination of themes that might fracture society. In this sense, every action that tends to overcome this historical and political failure constitutes a fundamental contribution to activating the collective memory and analytically documenting that which has all too often been treated in an abstract and generalized way.




Imagens do documentário 48 de Susana Sousa Dias, sobre prisioneiros da polícia política portuguesa – PIDE – retiradas deste artigo de Emília Tavares. Dele, resgata-se a idéia, e o testemunho, de que a forma como os prisioneiros políticos enfrentavam a camera, se “deixavam” fotografar, seria uma forma de resistência e de afirmação individual de liberdade. Esse dado trouxe à memória um trabalho de retrato de Marc Garanger, o qual
, enquanto incorporado no exército francês, fotografou para efeitos de identificação milhares de civís argelinos, num momento quente da luta argelina pela independência da França. Dois casos afirmativos da força política da imagem, a estudar, num momento de importantes acontecimentos à escala mundial. A este pretexo, e também uma vez que se convoca o nome de Susana Sousa Dias, uma das responsáveis pelo DocLisboa, refira-se o excelente contributo da programação do festival deste ano.

 






 


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