This essay explores the omnipresence of the subject of (Basque) terrorism in Spanish political discourse and media representations in ways that construct the average citizen as both victim and voyeur of a terrorist subject always already rendered invisible either by its reduction to a legal “bare life”or by its figuration in terms of the unspeakable. My analysis centers on Jaime Rosales’ Bat Buruan/Tiro en la cabeza/Bullet In The Head,2008, arguably the most radical and unsettling of the Spanish cinematic figurations of the terrorist subject to date, where the spectator is forced to occupy such a paradoxical position as both victim and voyeur.
Marti-Olivella, J. (2011) “Forms of (In)visibility in Recent Spanish Films On Basque Terrorism”. Paper read at the “Revisioning Terrorism Conference” Perspective. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. September 8-10.