Digital Memory: The Visual Recording of Mass Grave Exhumations in Contemporary Spain

Francisco Ferrándiz, Alejandro Baer


Exhumations of the victims of Franco's repressive policies are cultural practices of tremendous heuristic value and allow for the analysis of the public emergence, circulation and consumption of traumatic memory in local contexts. The use of visual media to capture social action in the surroundings of the exhumations serves as both a recording and as a triggering device for this emerging social memory. In the first part of this article we shall reflect on the different forms of visual and audiovisual interventions by different social actors that shape around mass grave exhumations. In the second part we will focus on the visual methods used by social scientists, particularly the recording of video-testimony of survivors and witnesses. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0803351


social memory; exhumations; photography; visual methods; audiovisual testimony; Civil War (1936-1939); Spain (history); Franco dictatorship

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