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Professor Anna Rocca publishes chapter in "Art from Trauma: Genocide and Healing Beyond Rwanda"

Rocca explores Héla Ammar's artistic representations of Tunisian prisons

Professor Anna Rocca, who teaches at the Salem State department of world languages and cultures, published a chapter in "Art from Trauma: Genocide and Healing Beyond Rwanda." The book that explores the role of aesthetic expression in responding to discrimination, tragedy, violence, even genocide.

Rocca's work explores Corridors, Tunisian Héla Ammar’s first and only book of photographs and text on Tunisian prisons after the end of the dictatorship. Inherent in Ammar's aesthetic expression on prisons is a type of reflexive engagement that intends to shift the audience’s perspectives and assumptions on prisoners, according to Rocca. This chapter in "Art from Trauma" explains how Ammar's process of photographing conveys a vision of the society in which Tunisian citizens are actively called to participate empathically in a system of knowledge production, either personally or collectively.

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