The Luminol Reels

Laura Ellen Joyce

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When human blood reacts with luminol, it lights up a ghostly blue. This reaction, most commonly used to detect whether violence has taken place at suspected crime scenes, combines the human and the chemical, it invokes violence and disposability but also transformation. THE LUMINOL REELS takes its imagery from pornography, Catholicism, and crime scene investigation to interrogate the violence done to women. It considers the ongoing brutality of the femicides in Ciudad Juarez and the institutional misogyny of the Catholic Church. Violence is intrinsically lPinked to location, and the shrines, quinceañera parties, holy communions, and seances of this book are all stained luminescent blue.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCalamari Press
Number of pages100
ISBN (Print)978-1-940853-04-8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2014

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