The chapter on nonagenarian Ángel Fernández explores his mediated pilgrimage from fragmentation to community. As a survivor of the cumulative traumas of war, exile, and political imprisonment who has penned several written testimonies and been featured in documentaries, Ángel’s memory activism reaches the apex of communication in Stéphane Fernandez’s 2016 biopic Ángel, a documentary that embodies what Brett Ashley Kaplan and Marianne Hirsch have, respectively, termed unwanted beauty and the aesthetics of remembrance. This chapter investigates how giving voice to personal and collective traumas of repression intertwines not only the content of a fragmented life with the broken form of the expression, but also the manner in which aestheticized life-telling ultimately forges community.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict|
|Number of pages||39|
|State||Published - 2022|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict|
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