Rwanda Revisualized: Genocide, Photography, and the Era of the Witness

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Rwanda Revisualized: Genocide, Photography, and the Era of the Witness

Art photography, it is argued, may help transform the viewers from being consuming spectators into being participant witnesses who self-critically reflect upon their own subject positions in relation to the conditions depicted in the image. By discussing photography of the aftermath of the genocide, the article acknowledges the unrepresentability of genocide; by focusing on visual representations, it reflects the extent to which political space is nowadays constituted by means of images; by concentrating on Rwanda, it contributes to the necessary process of examination and self-examination in connection with the killings.

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  • Author
    Frank Möller, Susan Sontag
  • Year of publication
    April 2010
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