Wrenched Her, Digital Composite © 2011 by Lili Bernard
This is a digital composite of video stills I photographed which were on my computer screen as I was watching the video-art piece I made entitled The Legacy of Christopher Columbus: A Short Account in Technicolor. The stills are from the scene of the attempted rape and subsequent murder of a little native girl.
The work pertains to my indigenous Cuban lineage. It is based on eye-witness accounts of the genocide of my ancestors, published by 16th century Spanish Dominican priest, Bartolomé De Las Casas who accompanied Christopher Columbus and Diego Velazquez in the conquest of the New World.
I deliberately included the computer monitor in the composition to reflect the presence of the ancestors in modern life. I view the incidental "Pause" as an ancestral sign for us to stop, remember and record how it really happened, for truth's sake.