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announcement: project camouflage comics

Aarnoud Rommens writes
"I would like to invite you to look at my new production made at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (The Netherlands; I am Belgian myself) entitled “Camouflage Comics: Dirty War Images,” in cooperation with Rekall Design (Ingrid Stojnic + Bert Balcaen):

Camouflage Comics: Dirty War Images: http://www.camouflagecomics.com

"I have more memories in myself alone than all men have had since the world was a world" -

Jorge Luis Borges in “Funes, the Memorious.”

On Thursday 19 May 2005, the website Camouflage Comics (http://www.camouflagecomics.com)

was officially launched at the ABK, the Academy of Fine Arts (Maastricht, the Netherlands).

The web project was made at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht, by Aarnoud Rommens (°1977,

Belgium) and Ingrid Stojnic (°1976, Croatia / Rekall Design). This website deals with

issues of visual narration, censorship, human rights, comics and remembrance in the context

of the Argentine military dictatorship of 1976-83.

The comics and illustrations featured on Camouflage Comics are all new; they were made

between 2002 and 2005. However, there is a strange continuity between these comics and the

handful of what one could call "critical avant-garde" comics published during or around the

time of the military regime, by such pioneers as Alberto Breccia, Carlos Trillo, Hector

Oesterheld, and others. Indeed, the two parallel timelines cannot be clearly separated. On

the contrary, they continuously intersect, urging us to interpret the 'new' in light of the

'old' - and vice versa.

The "dirty war" of 1976-83 still informs the "structures of feeling" of Argentine society

at this very moment. This project is a reflection of/on this, on how the junta had affected

and how it still, posthumously, produces after-effects in the shaping of discourse, arts,

and social memory - the "hearts and minds" of contemporary Argentine society if you will.

Camouflage Comics: Dirty War Images can be read as a specific manifestation of this

memory-work; it is a space intended for the ongoing visual and verbal reflection on the

legacies of a (recent) past.

Aarnoud Rommens

Jan van Eyck Academie

Theory Department

Academieplein 1

6211 KM Maastricht - Netherlands

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