The art of indirect witnessing: Doris Salcedo, Claude Lanzmann and Serge Klarsfeld

Johannes Klabbers

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My paper seeks to contextualize Doris Salcedo's work within a larger framework of the representation of indirect witnessing traumatic events in images by situating the approach taken by Salcedo in relation to two examples of Holocaust representation in other mediums, namely cinema (Claude Lanzmann's film Shoah) and photography/text (Serge Klarsfeld's book French Children of the Holocaust). Each of these have significant similarities in their approaches to trauma suffered by others, characterized by avoiding the use of images of atrocities themselves; by "assuming responsibility towards the bereaved" in Salcedo's words, (1) and by going beyond describing specific instances of catastrophe.(1) Basualdo, Carlos, Nancy Princenthal, and Andreas Huyssen. Doris Salcedo. Phaidon Press Ltd,2000.(2) Interview with Charles Merewether (in Basualdo et al 2000 p145)(3) Pini, Ivonne. Doris Salcedo Shibboleth. ArtNexus No. 68 - Dec 2007 Accessed 26.10.08
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTestimony, Trauma and Social Suffering
Subtitle of host publicationNew Contexts/New Framings
EditorsANU Rosanne Kennedy, University of Queensland Gillian Whitlock
Place of PublicationAustralia
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventResearch School of Humanities and the Arts Conference - Australian National University Canberra, Australia
Duration: 14 Apr 200916 Apr 2009


ConferenceResearch School of Humanities and the Arts Conference

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