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Civil Imagination

Paperback $23.95

Oct 13, 2015 | 288 Pages

Hardcover $29.95

Aug 21, 2012 | 288 Pages

Ebook $9.99

Oct 13, 2015

  • Paperback $23.95

    Oct 13, 2015 | 288 Pages

  • Hardcover $29.95

    Aug 21, 2012 | 288 Pages

  • Ebook $9.99

    Oct 13, 2015

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“This remarkable book enhances Ariella Azoulay’s position as the most compelling theorist of photography writing today. Photography, she argues, must be understood as a collective event in which vision, speech and action are intertwined and inseparable from ongoing global struggles between sovereign violence and civil society.”
—Jonathan Crary, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory, Columbia University

“This book is a major intervention in the field of political philosophy, visual cultures, photography and architecture. The new ontology of photography developed by Azoulay builds upon, but also decisively challenges, articulated relations between the aesthetic and the political from Kant through Benjamin, Arendt and Rancière. Here, Azoulay uses her theory to suggest an alternative politics based on the re-reading and reinterpretation of photographs of the Nakba in 1948 and of the architecture of the Israeli occupation since 1967. Civil Imagination is nothing less than a proposal for a new form of politics now made ever more relevant throughout the Middle East.”
—Eyal Weizman, author of Hollow Land and Least of All Possible Evils

“Takes on the state of our contemporary visual culture and takes aim at the many received ideas that march under the banner of ‘art and politics.’”
The Brooklyn Rail

“Both an extremely demanding text that attempts a new articulation of the category of the ‘civil’ and a sophisticated photographic essay … The result here is a powerful index of catastrophe and a meditation on the effects on both Israeli and Palestinian of an insidious and coercive colonial ideology.”
—John Douglas Millar, Art Monthly

Civil Imagination acts as a necessary yet cruel reminder that an uncritical relationship with the social idea of photography could easily determine whose life is not worthy of living.”
—Gil Pasternak

From the Hardcover edition.

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