The Rosenberg video: Testimonio, theatricality and baroque politics in contemporary Guatemala

Sebastián Calderón Bentin

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Abstract

This article focuses on the assassination of Guatemalan lawyer, Rodrigo Rosenberg, on 10 May 2009 and his videotaped accusation of the Colom administration, broadcast after his death. Rosenberg's self-produced video testimony, and the 'staging' of his own death, opens up questions about the role of testimonio and theatricality as modes of political address. I argue that the spectacular politics of the Rosenberg video, while drawing from the testimonio genre and incorporating electronic media, mark a return to a baroque conception of politics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-379
Number of pages16
JournalIdentities
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Guatemala
  • Rodrigo Rosenberg
  • baroque
  • testimonio
  • theatricality
  • video

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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