Images Performing History. Photography and Representations of the Past in European Art after 1989

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Abstract

The operative role of the photographic media in making and remaking history
History is increasingly made in images, not only because its records are largely photographic but also because our ideas about the past are formed in visual terms. This book offers a discussion of contemporary art practices which question the received notions of historical representations after the pivotal changes of 1989 in Europe. These art practices reveal, in different ways, the operative role of the photographic media in making and remaking history. Not limited to a particular artistic medium, they demonstrate how history is forged through enacting or re-enacting its past forms, while, on the other hand, they indicate how copying and quoting can contribute to creating a new, operative aesthetics. By foregrounding a performative character of images, art is shown to construct an alternative knowledge of the past.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherLeuven University Press
Number of pages300
ISBN (Print)9789462700291
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameLieven Gevaert Series
Volume20

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