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Victoria Rosner and Geraldine Pratt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231154499

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231154499.001.0001

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The Pedagogy of the Spiral

The Pedagogy of the Spiral

Intimacy and Captivity in a Women’s Prison

(p.243) 12 The Pedagogy of the Spiral
The Global and the Intimate

Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores pedagogical activities that foster intimacy—that is, attachment, communication, intersubjectivity—in imprisoned spaces by focusing on the collective storytelling made possible through the concrete materiality of the mural painting in Santa Marta Acatitla, the most important women's prison in Mexico City. In particular, it looks at the conceptual connections that women prisoners in Santa Marta Acatitla began to make with prisoners in other parts of the world. It examines how this project introduced color and textuality inside the prison through the design of the mural on the surface of the spiral stairs used only by visitors or by women prisoners in the process of their liberation. The chapter tackles two central questions in relation to this project: What kind of “text” can emerge under intense surveillance? And how do captive spaces enable or resist signification? In discussing this mural, the chapter highlights the interrelation of theories, concepts, and politics underlying the pedagogy of the spiral.

Keywords:   intimacy, mural painting, Santa Marta Acatitla, women's prison, Mexico City, women prisoners, spiral stairs, captive spaces, signification, pedagogy

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