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Image as Survival – From Didi-Huberman to Richter, and Back

Since the publication of Images in Spite of All - Four Photographs from Auschwitz (2004) French philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman has been widely read outside of academia, and his reflections on the representation of 20th century concentration camps have become a point of departure for a great number of artists. Most recently this was the case with László Nemes and his Academy Award-winning film Son of Saul (2015) and with Gerhard Richter’s painting Birkenau (2014). On that occasion Didi-Huberman himself has entered into a dialogue with those artists, allowing him to revisit the main arguments put forward in his seminal study.
In this seminar, Milat will (a) situate Didi-Huberman’s contribution within the philosophical debates around Holocaust, (b) introduce his general notion of survival (of images), and (c) elaborate on the dialogue with the above-mentioned artists that Didi-Huberman has joined, and its possible outcomes. 
Petar Milat is a philosopher and the main programme coordinator at Multimedia Institute (Zagreb, Croatia), in charge of the Institute’s publishing, music, and film programmes. Since 2008, he is also the director of Human Rights Film Festival. The nexus of normative social and aesthetic theory is the main focus of his research. 



Friday, May 20, 2016. 12:00 PM


Encina Hall West, Room 219


CREEES Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies




RSVP requested.
This event is open to Stanford affiliates.