Art after Auschwitz: Towards an art of indirect witnessing.

Johannes Klabbers

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Abstract

My paper explores whether and how artists and writers can make a meaningful contribution to the discourse around the Holocaust and other forms of state sponsored mass violence without aestheticising atrocity. My approach is to contextualise the work of Doris Salcedo's within a larger framework of the representation of indirect witnessing of traumatic events in images and situating the approach taken by Salcedo in relation to examples of Holocaust representation in creative works in other mediums produced in the half century since Theodore Adorno's radical pronouncement that after Auschwitz poetry is barbaric : Cinema (Claude Lanzmann's film Shoah) and photography/text (Serge Klarsfeld's book The French Children of the Holocaust).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCumulus
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherRMIT University & Swinburne University of Technology
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781921426520
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventCumulus 38° South: Hemispheric shifts across learning teaching and research - Melbourne, Australia, Australia
Duration: 12 Nov 200914 Nov 2009

Conference

ConferenceCumulus 38° South: Hemispheric shifts across learning teaching and research
Country/TerritoryAustralia
Period12/11/0914/11/09

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