Empathy and Performance
Enactments of Power in Latinx America
To survey different answers to these queries, Sández studies Indigurrito (Nao Bustamante), Dominicanish (Josefina Báez), ¡Bienvenidos Blancos! or Welcome White People! (Alex Torra), the apology delivered by the group Veterans Stand with Standing Rock during protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Kukuli Velarde’s body of work, from We, the Colonized Ones to A Mi Vida. In these artistic enactments, which range from 1992 to 2021, the historical construct of boundaries and bodies becomes evident. Following recent work on empathy by Lanzoni, Maibom, Calloway-Thomas, Bloom, Hogan, and Matravers, among others, Sández examines in-group/out-group divisions, the establishment of identity categories through performance, and the exploration of subaltern identities.
Chapter 1: Empathy and Flesh in Performance
Chapter 2: Empathy and Puzzlement
Chapter 3: Empathy and White Affect
Chapter 4: Empathic Disempowerment