Claudia Joskowicz (b. 1968, Santa Cruz de la Siera, Bolivia) makes poignant and unsettling video works that form a palimpsest of public and private histories. Blending documentary with fictional narrative, Joskowicz recreates episodes of violence—both latent and eruptive—excavated from Bolivia’s past to reveal hidden traumas and tentatively offer the possibility of catharsis. On the whole, her work addresses the way technology mediates and redefines concepts like history and memory.
Joskowicz received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston, Texas in 1991 and an MFA in studio arts from New York University in 2000.
She lives and works between New York, USA and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
'Hay muertos que no hacen ruido / Some Dead Don’t Make a Sound', uses the Mexican legend of the Weeping Woman, ‘La Llorona’, as a metaphor for a nation in mourning. The Weeping Woman is a broken symbol, a melange of pre-Hispanic myths and various representations of mother goddesses. In its different versions, the legend preserves elements of its indigenous essence and represents time, the road to the underworld, death in the supernatural, and hopelessness in the everyday. Therefore, she is emblematic of the despair of a nation. In the last scene, the voices emerging from the radio deliver the harsh reality of collective mourning as we hear an interview with the parents of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa.