Lecture: "Death and the Maidens: Regina Teuscher, 'Regina,' and the Afterlives of Mexico's '68"
Thu, March 21, 2013 • 6:00 PM • ART 3.434
Among the hundreds of students and supporters murdered by the Mexican government on October 2, 1968 at Tlatelolco, one—Ana María Regina Teuscher Krüger, a 19-year old medical student and hostess for the impending Mexico City Olympics—captured the imagination of various writers. Unflinching photographs by photojournalist Manuel Rojas Aquirre of Teuscher on a morgue examination table were published in Siempre, inspiring Antonio Velasco Piña's fictionalized biography, Regina: El 2 de octubre no se olvida (1985), one of the bestselling yet controversial and understudied texts to emerge in response to the massacre. Velasco Piña imagines the student movement as a millenarian groundswell and the massacre as a neo-Mesoamerican sacrifice, offering not a history of "what really happened," but a radical hospitality toward figures and polemics that fall outside the by now canonized representation of '68, a worthwhile project given the multiple and unanticipated afterlives of the event in contemporary Mexico.
Dr. George Flaherty is Assistant Professor of Latin American and U.S. Latino Art at UT Austin. He specializes in visual and spatial cultures in post-1940 Mexico and its borderlands, with research interests extending to film and media studies and subaltern studies. He is currently completing his manuscript, Hotel de México: Dwelling in and on '68, that investigates Mexico City's 1968 student movement and its representation.
For more information, contact the Center for Latin American Visual Studies.