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nothing featured - March 05
   Camouflage Comics


Comics as Discursive Memorial!

Camouflage Comics"Camouflage Comics" is a website exploring the history of the Dirty War, the popular term for the military dictatorship that governed Argentina between 1976 and 1983, renowned for "disappearing" tens of thousands of civilians.

The site begins with an encylopaedia entry that outlines a brief history of the dictatorship, which includes several strings of blacked-out words. Clicking the censored text reveals comics produced during this time of political duress and critical writings about censorship, history, memory and reconstruction. There is also an accompanying blog, which encourages responses to the project as well as discussion about censorship.


How can comics uncover history?

Camouflage ComicsHumour and irony are ways of communicating that becomes more important during times of censorship and oppression. “Camouflaging” here refers to evasive tactics employed to by-pass harsh repression. Comics then becomes an interesting source for exploring the past. Also the refreshing dose of individuality found in these comics add new perspectives to institutional history and thematic or encyclopaedic sites on the subject.

Camouflage Comics is as a sort of memory-work; a space for ongoing visual and verbal reflection on the legacies of the past; "the fragile consensus on the Argentinean military dictatorship of 1976-1983, the consensus once marked by institutionalized amnesia".


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