Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment
- Vita is the end-station on the road of poverty.
It is the place where living beings go when
they are no longer considered people.
Left all by himself,
knowing that no one will respond,
that nothing will crack open the future.
- Here the most vulnerable
are sure to become “unknowables,”
with no human rights and
with no one accountable to them.
- Yet people hold onto something,
anything they find in Vita.
- Objects sustaining a search,
the possibility of a tie.
Inner words kept alive.
- At the limits of human imagination,
desire continues against all odds.
Catarina spent her days in Vita
writing her “dictionary.”
The characters turn and un-turn.
This is my world after all.
- Dead alive, dead outside, alive inside.
- How can the anthropological artifact
keep the story moving and unfinished?
- Divorce, dictionary
To give an injection
To get a spasm
In the body
A cerebral spasm
- To decipher the real in her life,
to reconstruct the worldliness of her words.
- To want my body as medication.
Pain broadcasts sick science.
To live is expensive.
- Catarina embodies a condition
that is more than her own.
- Of love there is nothing
What will become of the world?
- “I am part of the origins,
not just of language,
but of people….”
Professor of Anthropology
Continually adjusting itself to the reality of contemporary lives and worlds,
the anthropological venture has the potential of art: to invoke neglected
human possibilities and to expand the limits of understanding and imagination.