Saturday, September 01, 2012
SOME REPRESSION IS INVISIBLE BECAUSE IT IS UBIQUITOUS
Favorite quote from Lisa Katzman in her article about the film THE ALL-AROUND REDUCED PERSONALITY -- REDUPERS (1977, Helke Sander): "REPRESSION IS RENDERED INVISIBLE BY THE CONSENSUAL ACCEPTANCE OF IT."
"As we have seen, the wall's very ubiquity and "naturalness" make it a metaphor for the way repression is rendered invisible by the consensual acceptance of it. The image of Edda’s vomiting crystallizes our identifying this metaphorical meaning of the wall with the way sexism is rendered invisible, as societies accept as "natural" the social oppression of women. The image of Edda’s vomiting ruptures the taboo that maintains this naturalization. So, too, the women's pictures of the wall stand as an effort to deconstruct the naturalization of social repression."