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. 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?” 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. Naked, she is more powerful than those clothed, and indeed her bareness is what empowers her.
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|Qui - In search of vanished blood by Nalini Malani|