Exposed Memories: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory

Exposed Memories: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory

Exposed Memories: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory

Exposed Memories: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory

Synopsis

Exposed Memories: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory is an insightful interdisciplinary exploration of the estranging effects of family pictures at the cutting edge of the study of visual culture and politics of representative $$$ book expands both the conception of the family incorporating elective $$$ and fictional filiations and the conception of photography incorporating $$$, narratives and literary documents. The essays splinter the grand narrative of history and official memory, engaging in critical reflection on document and fiction, politics and intimacy, narrative and trauma.

Excerpt

Within the recent general discussions of cultural and historical memory, in Europe the extension of the family known as the European Union has drawn special attention to the problems of belonging, homeland, exile, and homecoming, as well as language, trauma, and memory. When daily politics continuously insists on probing into who has the right to remember what, with whom, and where, it is no coincidence that we have chosen to examine the role of family pictures in private and collective memory. We believe that the notion of family best expresses the problems of belonging, be it belonging to a people, a nation, or any other type of family. the notion of family offers itself from multiple perspectives: family as homeland, family as space and time, family as burden, heritage, package, family as loss and absence, family as cliché, family as conversation, family as memory or the absence of memory, family as identity, family as history, or family as narrative, to mention only a few. the more we immerse ourselves in this topic, the more obvious it becomes that we are not always in a position to decide who or what belongs . . .

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