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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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Epilogue

Epilogue

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(p.183) Epilogue
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The Incurable-Image
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Tarek Elhaik

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403351.003.0008

In this epilogue, the author reflects on his time in Mexico City during one of those routine visits characteristic of fieldwork follow-ups. In particular, he talks about the announcement made by Subcomandante Marcos, the charismatic leader of the Zapatista Liberation Front, that he was going to retire. Marcos's announcement was enigmatic and of great signifcance to anthropologists. He took everyone by surprise because of the insistence with which his message wished to update both the metaphorics and materiality of his usual mask with the vernacular of digital media. The author wonders why Marcos chose to replace the mask with the meme and the hologram, and without removing the mask. He concludes with the belief that what will remain of Mexico is an assemblage of friends, incurable-images, a hologram, and the task of curating anthropos: an ars curatoria in search of an anthropology to come.

Keywords:   hologram, Mexico City, fieldwork, Subcomandante Marcos, Zapatista Liberation Front, anthropologists, digital media, Mexico, incurable-image, anthropology

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