Graduate Student, Nicolás Díaz Letelier's article "Trapped Present, or the Capture(d) Affects of Imprisonment"

Oct. 4, 2022

Graduate student Nicolás Díaz Letelier published the article “Trapped Present, or the Capture(d) Affects of Imprisonment" in Current Anthropology. The article is a visual and narrative exploration of the everyday effects of captivity at Easter Island's Penitentiary Complex, or the so-called 'happiest prison in the world'. Díaz Letelier is attentive to the ways in which incarcerated persons, even under exceptional circumstances, deal with uncertain and volatile presents, where everything that can go wrong goes wrong in a second. He concludes by highlighting how time, just as can be managed, bent, and distorted, "can also become completely out of control, twisting, constricting, and even crushing the everyday into noncontinuity,” bringing forth the centrality of unevenness in an unequal world.

Read the article here, Trapped Present, or the Capture(d) Affects of Imprisonment | Current Anthropology: Vol 63, No 2 (uchicago.edu)