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Title :

Deadly historians : Boltanski's intervention in holocaust historiography

Author :
ALPHEN, Ernst van ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The French artist Christian Boltanski's installations of photographic portraits fail provocatively in representing the Holocaust. They only evoke the idea of plain absence or the projection of lies. His practice can be understood as a critique of the culturally shared idea that only bare realism can provide us a proper access to the Holocaust. But he does more than show that the realist approach to history does not provide us with a memory of it. Instead of referring to the Holocaust, he evokes the Holocaust as an effect by means of a re-enactment of principles which defined the Holocaust. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Boltanski, Christian, n.1944 ; France ; Historiographie ; Holocauste (1939-1945) ; Iconographie ; Installation (oeuvre d'art) ; Photographie ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Boltanski, Christian, b.1944 ; France ; Historiography ; Holocaust (1939-1945) ; Iconography ; Installation works ; Photography ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975665 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
NETHERLANDS ;