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Figuring Absence, pt 4: Long & Freeman’s Chicago Stock Yards Book

We left off our discussion of absence with Stalin’s revisionist approach to history and the question of whether or not he succeeded in erasing the past through willful obliteration. This leads me to our last book which is about different kind of historical absence, one not imposed by a political agenda and layers of ink, […]

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Figuring Absence, pt 3: Ken Campbell’s Ten Years in Uzbekistan

In the last post we explored a book which centered around the personal experience of absence. Following is the continuation of the transcription of my CBAA presentation, Figuring Absence, in which I now explore the political experience of absence. I’d like to turn now to a very different kind of absence. Ken Campbell and David […]

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Figuring Absence, pt 2: Sophie Calle’s Exquisite Pain

We left off the last post with the idea that belonging is a core part of our experiences of absence. Following is the continuation of the transcription of my CBAA presentation, Figuring Absence. So let us now turn to Sophie Calle’s book Exquisite Pain which takes up both of this idea of absence as it […]

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Figuring Absence (CBAA Notes, pt.3)

I’ve had several people ask me for a transcript of my talk from CBAA so for the final installment of my conference notes, I offer a (somewhat amended) transcription of my talk Figuring Absence, Using Theme-based comparison to Look at Artists’ Books. It is long enough that I am going to divide it into several […]

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