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By Deutsche, Rosalyn; Kolbowski, Silvia; Wodiczko, Krzysztof; Thornton, Leslie

Many at the left lament an apathy or amnesia towards fresh acts of conflict. rather throughout the George W. Bush administration's invasion of Iraq, competition to battle appeared to lack the warmth and efficiency of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, giving the impact that passionate dissent used to be all yet lifeless.

Through an research of 3 politically engaged artistic endeavors, Rosalyn Deutsche argues by contrast melancholic angle, confirming the ability of up to date paintings to criticize subjectivity in addition to warfare. Deutsche selects 3 video clips founded at the deployment of the atomic bomb: Krzysztof Wodiczko's Hiroshima Projection (1999), made after the 1st Gulf battle; Silvia Kolbowski's After Hiroshima mon amour (2005-2008); and Leslie Thornton's Let Me count number the Ways (2004-2008), which the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Each of those works confronts the moral activity of addressing historic catastrophe, and every explores the intersection of prior and current wars. those artistic endeavors profoundly give a contribution to the discourse of battle resistance, illuminating the complicated dynamics of viewing and interpretation. Deutsche employs feminist and psychoanalytic techniques in her examine, wondering either the function of totalizing photos within the creation of warlike topics and the fantasies that perpetuate, in particular one of the left, conventional notions of political dissent. She eventually finds the passive collusion among leftist critique and dominant discourse within which own dimensions of warfare are denied.

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37 The quotation is apt, for After Hiroshima mon amour challenges the myth of pure identity—individual, racial, ethnic, and national. In so doing, it builds on its precursor text in which the Japanese man and French woman are not only individuals but also stand for collectivities, a status underlined in the film’s famous closing lines: “Hi-ro-shi-ma. That’s your name/That’s my name. Yes. Your name is Nevers. ” Perhaps the uneasy relation between the characters’ position as, on the one hand, individuals and, on the other hand, groups helps account for their difficulties with love, for, as Fornari writes, the possibility of love between individuals contrasts with the necessity of hate between groups, because “hate toward a common enemy is the group’s form of love,”38 which helps explain why group psychology disposes us toward war.

Insofar as Kolbowski’s video raises questions about individuals as members of ethnicities, races, and nations, it broaches the topic of war’s relation to group psychology, a topic that will play a major role in my interpretation of the work I’ll discuss in the next chapter, Leslie Thornton’s Let Me Count the Ways. silvia kolbowski 31 two • leslie thornton Leslie Thornton released the first section of her video Let Me Count the Ways, titled Minus 10, in 2004, one year after the invasion of Iraq.

17 regard to the future, Resnais was sensitive to the possibility, initiated by the nuclear age, that there might be no human future, not even, as Derrida wrote, survival in the realm of the symbolic,18 the possibility, that is, of total destruction. Willis says that Hiroshima mon amour forecloses any future project,19 a foreclosure indicated by the French woman’s cry, “I’m forgetting you already,” which obliterates the presence in the future of the Japanese man and of Hiroshima. In 1959, however, Eric Rohmer remarked that “Hiroshima [mon amour] .

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