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Celebrated, Dispossessed and Worshiped. Representations of the Tragic Destiny of the Hero in Contemporary Caribbean Visual Imaginary

Author(s): Garrido Castellano, Carlos

Journal: 452º F : Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada
ISSN 2013-3294

Issue: 6;
Start page: 57;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Contemporary Art | The Caribbean | Javier Castro | Hero | Marcos Lora Read | Ebony Patterson | Violence

The present paper focuses on analyzing the images of violence through the representation of heroes associated to combat contexts. Specifically, we will examine those cases in which that hero, despite its champion condition, appears defeated, overcome by the context. The reflections of artists such as Marcos Lora Read (Dominican Republic), Javier Castro (Cuba) and Ebony Patterson (Jamaica), by using various artistic mediums, have used the image of the hero to deconstruct elements of their societies, offering a discourse able to produce subversive values from the heroic tragedy.
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