Claroscuro#2. (2011)

Antigone is one of those characters that swim in an ocean of bibliography that speaks of themself, crossing through time, refreshing the notion that her tragedy is as endless and contemporary as any classical text could be. Under the inquiry: Is Antigone untreatable or unnamable? The text sets on a quest, guided by the reading of Judith Butler and Jacques Lacan, to search for the relation concepts such as the other, the Other, Law, the binomial private/public, caring of oneself, in regards of that critical moment of the self-testimony she proclaims before Creon, the public and herself. Starting from the fact that there are three forms of denial in Ancient Greek, Antigone ends up in a confessional position after starting to tell her testimony. This will lead Barrantes to delve further into the existing notions of Grief, Death and Act, in which she will opt for a non-pathological perspective, striving to verbalize that which appears to be unnamable about Antigone’s brother’s death. In other words, turning Antigone’s silent grave into a way of saying that which is impossible to say. Perhaps somehow within the limits of language it is possible to partially say that irremovable barrier that Death poses upon us, as well as that intricate game of our own death at the moment of judgment and grief.

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