Imprinting on the heart: photography and contemporary Yolngu mournings

Deger, Jennifer (2008) Imprinting on the heart: photography and contemporary Yolngu mournings. Visual Anthropology, 21 (4). pp. 292-309.

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Abstract

This article examines the ways photographs of the recently deceased have come to occupy a central place in Yolngu grieving practices. Harnessing the potentially traumatic ontological qualities of oscillating absence–presence that are inherent in such images, I show how Yolngu in Northern Australia use this affective force as a way to refigure and reconstitute embodied and sensuously mediated relationships between the living and the dead. With vision simultaneously allowing corporeal permeability and expansion, mourners impress the image of the deceased within them, through the eyes to the heart as the fleshly organ of affect, associative recollection, and lived intersubjectivity.

Item ID: 31977
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-5920
Funders: Division of Society, Culture, Media, and Philosophy, Macquarie University
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 06:31
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
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