Representation Under Attack

Edited by L'Internationale Online

Following the attacks on the creators of the controversial satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015, the shootings at a debate on free speech in Copenhagen, the punishment of the rights activist and blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia, and the subsequent massive civil mobilisation, the cultural field is forced to process the significance of these events and their wider implications for our work. In Paris and many other instances across continents, representation itself came under attack. Arguably, the field of representation has been in crisis for some time, yet the current context demands that we consider this crisis from different perspectives and historical frameworks. As the public platform of a confederation of museums and art institutions, L'Internationale Online has commissioned a series of opinion pieces that comment on this complex situation in order to start a wider discussion from different cultural and geopolitical contexts. We invited contributors to consider the issues at stake: from questions of manipulated archives and how access to historical documents might play a role in attacks on representation, to what kind of manipulation and victimisation strategies attacks such as these engender.

Chapters
  • 1.
    Introduction
  • 2.
    UNDER ATTACK (or Expression in the Age of Selfie-Control)
    by André Lepecki
  • 3.
    Bourgeois Censorship: No Representation Without Taxation!
    by Anej Korsika
  • 4.
    Syria as a Global Metaphor
    by Yassin Al-Haj Saleh
  • 5.
    The Myth of Unfamiliarity
    by Banu Karaca
  • 6.
    Chained Reaction: Freedom of Expression, Historical Censorship and Opposition Movements
    by Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş
  • 7.
    Club Silencio and the Emptiness of the Square (regarding Tatlin's Whisper)
    by Tamara Díaz Bringas
  • 8.
    Havana Tribunes
    by Tamara Díaz Bringas
  • 9.
    A Dangerous State
    by Tamara Díaz Bringas
  • 10.
    Who Said Fear?
    by Tamara Díaz Bringas
  • 11.
    Zero for Conduct
    by Tamara Díaz Bringas
  • 12.
    Thing 001635 (Australia Coat of Arms)
    by Agency
  • 13.
    "Representation Under Attack" Through the Lens of the Collections and Archives of the Members of L'Internationale
    by Diana Franssen, Jesús Carrillo, Lola Hinojosa, Jan De Vree, Nav Haq, Sezin Romi, Igor Španjol
  • 14.
    Biographies

92 pages
Published in 2015

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