Category Archives: Politics

Azoulay on Potential History

See also this presentation by Ariella Azoulay from Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, in October 2012.

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Solnit on Disaster

“Disasters are, most basically, terrible, tragic and grievous, and no matter what positive side effects and possibilities they produce, they are not to be desired. But by the same measure, those side effects should not be ignored because they arise… Continue reading

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Piper on Consumerism

“The culture of unrestrained free-market capitalism feeds on the shared and foundational experience of incompleteness, inferiority – of generalised insuffuciency, or want. The experience of generalised want is created by media fabulations of a fantasy world of perpetual happiness that… Continue reading

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One off: Laurie Anderson, John Berger & Laura Mulvey.

“…men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is… Continue reading

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One off: Joel Sternfeld

  Joel Sternfeld, A Tourist at the South Street Seaport, New York, New York, July 1987, from Stranger Passing

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One off: Michelle Frankfurter.

  A short selection from the project “Destino“, by Michelle Frankfurter. More to follow.                            

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Banham on landscape and legacy

“We have become so paranoid about our capacity to spoil and despoil that we are unwilling to look with honest eyes at what we have wrought upon our deserts, especially those almost domestic deserts of the Southwest that were once… Continue reading

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Berger on the narrative gap

“Between the experience of living a normal life at this moment on the planet and the public narratives being offered to give a sense of that life, the empty space, the gap is enormous. The desolation lies, lies there, not… Continue reading

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From “The Country Without a Post Office”, by Agha Shahid Ali

Again I’ve returned to this country where a minaret has been entombed. Someone soaks the wicks of clay lamps in mustard oil, each night climbs its steps to read messages scratched on planets. His fingerprints cancel blank stamps in that… Continue reading

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Azoulay on Citizenship & Photography

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