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This article introduces the work of psychoanalyst Pierre Fédida on the work of mourning, separation and depression. Fédida’s work is first examined in relation to works by Freud, Lagache, Mannoni and Laplanche. After explaining the importance of anthropology in the conceptualization of...
Following chapter 2 of Freud’s Totem and Taboo , Fédida considers the function of the relic - and remnant - in the work of mourning in terms of the psychic mechanism of disavowal ( Verleugnung ) which underlies the capacity for living a paradoxal state: acceptance of something no longer...
Between 2 November and 1 December 2001, The New York Times reproduced five Norman Rockwell paintings, which had been digitally manipulated to evoke ‘September 11’ and its aftermath. These full-page adverts for the newspaper were signifiers of revisionist cultural values, selective sentiment,...
This article is a response to the exhibition Hygiene: The Art of Public Health - a site-specific exhibition of artists’ interventions at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in May-July 2002. The event raised the profile of the debate about artists making work on sites...
The double question whether visual culture studies is a discipline or an interdisciplinary movement, and which methods are most suited to practice in this field, can only be addressed by way of the object. This article probes the difficulty of defining or delimiting the object of study without...
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