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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Visual and Performance Research Group: The end of the future? Ruins and modernity in contemporary art from France by Amanda Crawley-Jackson [Sheffield University]

17th November 2011, 17:00, A56, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

In this paper, I will discuss the resurgence of the ruin in contemporary art from France. Looking in particular at works by Eric Lusito, Frédéric Chaubin, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, Cyprien Gaillard and Nicolas Moulin, I will explore the complex and deeply ambivalent viewing positions afforded by the ruins of modernity, examining their role as a marker both of the end of modernist utopian thought, but also their ostensible political valence as sites which might enable us to 'remember the future and try to envision alternatives to the current status quo' (Andreas Huyssen).

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