Crossroads, o crocevia

When the narrator continues, the viewer learns that the blood-spotted woman in Malani’s video feels “something sticky under her ass and waist.” The story is drawn from Indian author Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi.[8] In this final cited text, the central figure is a woman (perhaps a metaphor for land itself, like in Malani’s prints, as Clara Nubile has suggested) who is taken captive during a peasant uprising and brutally raped while her mind fades in and out of consciousness, reconstructed as a nightmare in Malani’s flurried scene. When she finally escapes, she declares to the chief of her captors, “You can strip me, but how can you clothe me again? Are you a man?”[9] Feminist scholar Gayatri Spivak and others have read this scene as an instance of the subaltern speaking, the unarmed woman declaring herself powerful against the force of armed men.[10] Naked, she is more powerful than those clothed, and indeed her bareness is what empowers her.

Qui - In search of vanished blood by Nalini Malani
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