Kent Klich's Images of Vacated Life in Gaza after 2008


Judith Butler, Columbia University English and Comparative Literature

This lecture will focus on images of vacated and suspended life in Gaza after the bombardment of 2008-2009 by Swedish photographer and video-maker, Kent Klich. These images of ordinary life in Gaza in the aftermath of the bombardment of 2008-2009 document vacated structures and suspended lives. They constitute the visual sequel to war photography, the landscape of architectural ruins of everyday life, uninhabited and uninhabitable. Abandoned and decimated structures still give a sense of vanished ways of life, and those still alive are endlessly waiting for their lives. The temporal and spatial conditions of living on with no life, dying without death, are explored through visual images that document the destruction that outlasts war-dispossession.

Following the lecture, Kent Klich will join the conversation with the audience.


Due to the popularity of this even, priority seating will be given to current students with Columbia University IDs. Overflow spaces are available in 114 and 115 Avery Hall.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 6:30pm
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
1 Train to 116th Street