La Picnolepsia de Tshombé by Gloria Oyarzabal
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Picnolepsia : Absence seizures, also known as petit mal, are a type of generalized seizure characterized by brief episodes of altered state of consciousness or “absences”.
Term used by Paul Virilio in his book “The Aesthetics of Disappearance” Moisé Tshombe : leader of the Katanga’s secession (DRC, formerly Zaire) in the 60’s during the country’s independence from Belgian colonists.
After being charged with the murder of anti-colonialist democratically elected leader Patrice Lumumba and having a politically eventful life, he went into exile in Franco’s Spain.
Once there a bizarre international plot led by the countries that used to be his allies (USA,England and UN), weaves his abduction following a pretended business trip to Mallorca. He ended up imprisoned in a military camp in Algeria where he died two years later.To capture this Picnolesias of this character in the last days before his abduction and during this.
To relate it to the propaganda war procedure employed half a century ago that results so familiar to XXI century imperialist actions presented as Enduring Freedom Operations, color revolutions and wars against the axis of evil would be the ultimate intention.
By allowing Tshombé settle in Madrid not as a refugee but as active politician in complete oblivion of his criminal past and unashamedly into his equally criminal plans, Spain collaborated on the survival of imperialism in Africa in favor of Belgium, USA and multinational mining companies in Katanga, as well as the serious violation of human rights of the Congolese population.
Not only he had the support of Francisco Franco but with part of the propaganda of the regime media (ABC, Arriba, ..) Even today, 50 years after these political struggles of life and death, when tragedy of the DRC continues unabated, the role played by Spain is hidden.
By looking to the past,to the origins, to my own history. I try to understand the present, the imbalance in the world order, the consequences. This project is intended as a mosaic or collage of photographic images, archive files and photos, and newspaper publications of the time.