Me Lavo Las Manos
Miguel-Ángel Cárdenas, 1982, 5'40''

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Both the past and the present is drenched in the blood of injustice, wars and oppression... Me Lavo Las Manos, which in Spanish literally translates to 'I wash my hands') deals with the need to assume a position in terms of any given situation, with the need to be aware of political and social injustice even if your own life is a peaceful and comfortable one. How responsible is our western society, where peace seems to be the most lasting, for the wrongs of history and those of the 'Third' World? I wash my hands... in innocence or blood? As we watch a man washing his hands, we hear the sentence 'me lavo las manos' repeated over and over again. Across the image, we read the superimposed names of history's trouble spots: Afghanistan, Wounded Knee, Auschwitz, Belast, Hiroshima, Vietnam, Nagasaki, etc., etc. The hands are dripping blood... Read more...

  • Date: 1982
  • Length: 5'40''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: history, politics, suppression, violence, war