Vol 1 No 2 (2021)


Nicola Turrini
University of Verona
Published October 5, 2021
  • autobiography,
  • burial,
  • conceptual art,
  • memory,
  • work of mourning


Untitled discusses through the prism of psychoanalysis some specific peculiarities of the poetics of the American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. In particular, the text seeks to highlight how the concept of “burial work”, taken here from the work of the French psychoanalyst Pierre Fédida, is central to understanding the ways in which Gonzalez-Torres has been able to hold together autobiographical experience and the involvement of the spectator in order to construct a shared memory that develops along the lines of dynamism and imprecision, renouncing common expectations of the representation of a memory.