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Fotografia po człowieku
Photography After the Human

Author(s): Joanna Żylińska
Contributor(s): Patrycja Poniatowska (Translator)
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Photography, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: anthropocene; photography; capitalism; catastrophe; ruins; extinction

Summary/Abstract: This article deals with images ‘after the human’. This expression refers not only to the material disappearance or conceptual displacement of the individual into the distant future, but also to the presentation of that disappearance here and now. Artistic (re) presentations of how the world as we know it vanishes, often described as ‘ruin porn’, have predecessors in Romantic landscape paintings or works such as Joseph Gandy’s Rotunda, which shows the Bank of England in ruins. At the same time, however, this visual practice has acquired a new modulation in the present – also called the anthropocene – as the global economic crisis and climate change became particularly intense. Żylińska broadens the time scale beyond human history in order to question the political and aesthetic frameworks through which we view and understand ourselves as humans. She also tries to imagine a post-neoliberal world.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 349-372
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish