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Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing

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Once the manufacturing powerhouse of the nation, Detroit has become emblematic of failing cities everywhereandmdash;the paradigmatic city of ruinsandmdash;and the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films. and#160;
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Apel shows how Detroit has become pivotal to an expanding network of ruin imagery, imagery ultimately driven by a pervasive and growing cultural pessimism, a loss of faith in progress, and a deepening fear that worse times are coming. The images of Detroitandrsquo;s decay speak to the overarching anxieties of our era: increasing poverty, declining wages and social services, inadequate health care, unemployment, homelessness, and ecological disasterandmdash;in short, the failure of capitalism. Apel reveals how, through the aesthetic distancing of representation, the haunted beauty and fascination of ruin imagery, embodied by Detroitandrsquo;s abandoned downtown skyscrapers, empty urban spaces, decaying factories, and derelict neighborhoods help us to cope with our fears. But Apel warns that these images, while pleasurable, have little explanatory power, lulling us into seeing Detroitandrsquo;s deterioration as either inevitable or the cityandrsquo;s own fault, and absolving the real agents of declineandmdash;corporate disinvestment and globalization. Beautiful Terrible Ruins helps us understand the ways that the pleasure and the horror of urban decay hold us in thrall.and#160;
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Synopsis:

Dora Apel analyzes the ways in which artists born after the Holocaust-whom she calls secondary witnesses-represent a history they did not experience first hand. She demonstrates that contemporary artists confront these atrocities in order to bear witness not to the Holocaust directly, but to its "memory effects" and to the implications of those effects for the present and future.

Drawing on projects that employ a variety of unorthodox artistic strategies, the author provides a unique understanding of contemporary representations of the Holocaust. She demonstrates how these artists frame the past within the conditions of the present, the subversive use of documentary and the archive, the effects of the Jewish genocide on issues of difference and identity, and the use of representation as a form of resistance to historical closure.

Synopsis:

Detroit is the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images of ruin, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films. The author shows how, through the aesthetic distancing of representation, the beauty and fascination of these images helps us to cope with the overarching anxieties of our time. and#160;
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About the Author

DORA APEL is a professor of art history and visual culture and W. Hawkins Ferry Endowed Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is the author of War Culture and the Contest of Images (Rutgers University Press).and#160;
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780813530499
Subtitle:
Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline
Author:
Apel, Dora
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J.
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
European
Subject:
History - European
Subject:
Art, jewish
Subject:
Specific Subjects
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945), in art
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 96-447
Publication Date:
20150604
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 photographs
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.38 lb

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Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing
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"Synopsis" by ,
Dora Apel analyzes the ways in which artists born after the Holocaust-whom she calls secondary witnesses-represent a history they did not experience first hand. She demonstrates that contemporary artists confront these atrocities in order to bear witness not to the Holocaust directly, but to its "memory effects" and to the implications of those effects for the present and future.

Drawing on projects that employ a variety of unorthodox artistic strategies, the author provides a unique understanding of contemporary representations of the Holocaust. She demonstrates how these artists frame the past within the conditions of the present, the subversive use of documentary and the archive, the effects of the Jewish genocide on issues of difference and identity, and the use of representation as a form of resistance to historical closure.

"Synopsis" by ,
Detroit is the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images of ruin, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films. The author shows how, through the aesthetic distancing of representation, the beauty and fascination of these images helps us to cope with the overarching anxieties of our time. and#160;
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