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D17 Images of Disasters

Images of Disasters

Coordination: Monica Juneja, Gerrit Jasper Schenk

The violence unleashed by natural disasters exposes human beings to the most elemental of borderline situations. Such extreme situations bring forth specific culturally formed patterns of action, ways of comprehension and coping which perforce transcend responses at the individual level in order to be effective. This makes all disasters, even those which unfold in the heart of “nature”, profoundly socio-cultural happenings.

The aim of the project is to critically examine transcultural images of natural disasters. The international conference Imaging Disaster which took place in March 2012 will lead up to towards an exhibition in Reiss-Engelhorn- Museum 2014.

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