The Failure of the Transatlantic Migratory Dialogue in Vientos de agua

Ignacio Dionisio Arellano-Torres


This article analyzes the affective connotations of the transatlantic dialog proposed by Vientos de agua, a Spanish-Argentinean TV show. It is it´s project to establish a community for all the victims of structures of domination, may them be political or economic. Across the parallel histories of Argentina and Spain, a connection is established between the disruptive power of the Spanish fascism at the beginning of the 20th century, and that of the capitalism in Argentina at the beginning of the 21th century. Vientos de agua proposes the deconstruction of the binary structure inherited from the colonial momentum by creating the universal categories of victim and immigrant. We consider this project failed in view of the treatment of certain figures who in last instance remain excluded from the affective circuit. We conclude that these strategies end in the prevalence of the peninsular space, as well as in the exclusion of the indigenous and African element from the supposed new community, resulting in the failure of the migratory transatlantic dialogue.


Transatlantic dialogue, affect, migration, fascism, economic crisis, universal victim


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