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Transitional Objects

Transitional Objects

Dario Robleto’s Spools

(p.149) Six Transitional Objects
Becoming Past
Jane Blocker
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter studies a series of works by Dario Robleto to argue that the contemporary is productively understood as in the process of becoming history, becoming separated from the past just as the child transitions from its mother. It argues that the maternal relation, to the degree that it exists in a field of excess--overflowing with childhood artifacts, nostalgia, memories, sentiment, and affect--challenges history’s typical economy of scarcity.

Keywords:   Dario Robleto, contemporary, history, separated, past, maternal relation, challenges, economy, scarcity

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