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The Incurable-ImageCurating Post-Mexican Film and Media Arts$
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Tarek Elhaik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403351

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403351.001.0001

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Roger Bartra: Intrusion and Melancholia

Roger Bartra: Intrusion and Melancholia

(p.76) Chapter Three Roger Bartra: Intrusion and Melancholia
The Incurable-Image

Tarek Elhaik

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the post-nationalist and post-cosmopolitan diagnostic work of Roger Bartra, leading public intellectual figure in contemporary Mexico, in relation to what he calls the ‘melancholic post-Mexican condition’. ‘Bartra’ stands here both for the conceptual persona of the Anthropologist and for a sign of a slow and patient disarticulation of the historically constituted racialized citizen-subjects and media-objects staged by post-revolutionary cosmopolitan modernism and avant-garde art/film practices. Bartra has evaluated the dominant forms of affectivity transmitted by the nationalist and national tradition of Mexican anthropology: a composite of pride, abjection, enthusiasm, and melancholia. The chapter considers the mutual intrusions between Bartra and the author as well as Bartra's intellectual vocation and anthropological motion in and out of Mexico, along with the implications this has with regard to the assemblage at work in the anthropological turn in contemporary art.

Keywords:   post-Mexican condition, Roger Bartra, Mexico, cosmopolitan modernism, avant-garde, anthropology, melancholia, anthropological turn, contemporary art, intrusion

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