Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The image above is neither that of an abstract painting nor a collage but of a poorly conserved upside-down photograph of the Basque town of Guernica after it was turned upside-down by German bombers in 1937.

The scene below [0:04-0:30] has the filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard at a European arts conference handing out and holding up a photograph of a destroyed city. When he asks the audience where it was taken, members reply, "Stalingrad…Beirut, Sarajevo, Hiroshima," before Godard tells them Richmond, Virginia, at the end of the America Civil War (1860-1865).

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