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International Dialogue

International Dialogue

Article Title

Figures in History

Abstract

The latest publication by the much discussed and broadly received French philosopher Jacques Rancière is actually not that new. Figures of History compiles two essays, “The Unforgettable” and “Senses and Figures of History,” which were written on the occasion of the exhibition Face à l’histoire at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1996. The first text discusses several documentary films that were shown in a program accompanying the exhibition. The second part is an account on history painting in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries written as a catalogue piece. In both essays, Rancière introduces the idea of an age of history that replaces the established rules of the representation of great individuals and memorable events by the egalitarian appearance of individuals and objects in a common visual space.

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