Bortom vittnet: Bilder av förintelsen

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken romm 22-1009, Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3C, Uppsala.
  • Lecturer: Rebecka Katz Thor is a critic and lecturer in Aesthetics at Södertörn University. Her research focus is on image production and its relation to historical, ethical and political claims. Her 2018 dissertation Beyond the Witness: The Testimony of Images and Holocaust Representations investigates the image-as-witness in three films made of archival materials. Discussant: Patricia Lorenzoni/CEMFOR.
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  • Organiser: Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR) in association with The Forum fo Jewish Studies, Uppsala University
  • Contact person: Daniel Strand
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Abstract
In a time when the very last Holocaust witnesses will soon be gone, a possible route for commemoration is to ask what testimony images can give. Beyond the Witness seeks to answer the question of how images can bear witness by examining them as multifaceted entities produced, reproduced, and resituated in conflicting political and historical situations. In three archive-based films by Harun Farocki, Yael Hersonski, and Eyal Sivan, the moving image is reactivated and reinterpreted. 

Footage produced as internal Nazi propaganda and the video recordings of a politically charged trial in the aftermath of the Holocaust have accrued new meaning. The archival status, context, and conditions for production, and the means of representation, offer a framework for an analysis through which the testimony of images can be understood. 

Bortom vittnet: Bilder av förintelsen