Luis Camnitzer

Uruguayan Torture Series

1983-1984

They worked through the night from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He practiced every day from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Untitled from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The coffee was cold from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Memory spurted against his silence from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The weight drove his pulse into the wall from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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His knee recorded each step from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Her fragrance lingered on from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Peeking became his craft for rendering place from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He recoiled, unmarked from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He was known because of his precision from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The tool pleased him from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Time thickened in his veins from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The vacancy was effectively concealed from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The instrument was explained in detail from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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His breath came through the roots of his hair from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Gradually the tune became a razor from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He feared thirst from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Measuring helped him appropriate the space from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The straddling echoed in his dream from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He worked with forbidden symbols from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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After the shadow passed, he would feed them from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The touch reclaimed spent tenderness from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The brand perforated his sleep from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The damage appeased him from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He was losing his will to clarify from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He couldn't feel what he saw, nor could he see what he felt from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He tried to count the stars from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He mailed his letter through a makeshift slot from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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He wrapped it with reverence, envisioning his escape from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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The sense of order was seeping away from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Untitled from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Untitled from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Untitled from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Untitled from Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84

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Description

With the Uruguayan Torture Series, a series of 35 photo-etchings, Luis Camnitzer alludes to the psychological and physical torture enforced by the military dictatorship of Uruguay between 1973–85. Camnitzer was living in New York when he produced the series, which is both a reaction to the military regime and a tribute to the artists’ friends who had been tortured. This series universally addresses the feeling of imprisonment and pain that an individual may feel on a basic level. Rather than rendering images that explicitly depict the physical brutality of torture, Camnitzer explores its psychological effects. He also investigates the possible meaning generated through the juxtaposition of image and text. Some images in the series depict Camnitzer’s own body along with everyday objects, and are accompanied by poetic phrases. When read in unison, they connote bodily and emotional pain.