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Hiroshima After Iraq : Three Studies in Art and War (Hardcover)

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Many lament an apathy or amnesia toward recent acts of war. Particularly during the George W. Bush administration's invasion of Iraq, opposition to war seemed to lack the heat and potency of the 1960s and 1970s, giving the impression that passionate dissent was all but dead. Through an analysis of three politically engaged works of art, Rosalyn Deutsche argues against this melancholic attitude, confirming the power of contemporary art to criticize subjectivity as well as war.

Deutsche selects three videos centered on the deployment of the atomic bomb: Krzysztof Wodiczko'sHiroshima Projection (1999), completed after the first Gulf War; Silvia Kolbowski'sAfter Hiroshima mon amour (2005-2008); and Leslie Thornton's Let Me Count the Ways (2004-2008), which followed the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Each of these works confronts the ethical task of addressing historical disaster, and each explores the intersection of past and present wars. These artworks profoundly contribute to the discourse of war resistance, illuminating the complex dynamics of viewing and interpretation. Deploying feminist and psychoanalytic approaches, Deutsche questions both the role of totalizing images in the production of warlike subjects and the fantasies that perpetuate, especially among the left, traditional notions of political dissent. She ultimately reveals the passive collusion between leftist critique and dominant discourse, in which the personal dimensions of war are denied.

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Publisher Columbia Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780231152785
SKU 213820885
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0231152787
Release Date 7/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0088
Publisher Columbia University Press
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