Heightened emotion and empathy are responses often associated with documentary practice, through its historical connection to ‘lived reality’ and ‘event’. Still and moving images have documented protest, war, perpetrators and victims of crime and are often co-opted for political effect. Using this as a starting point, Without Words brings together photographic and video works from both art and documentary realms that engage with emotional affect, sincerity, passion and empathy. When art photography has abandoned its indexical relation to the real, how might it convey sorrow, humiliation, love or grief? Equally, can austerity be a powerful force in the historical record?
Presented in association with Melbourne Law School’s IILAH and APCML symposium, Affective States of International Criminal Justice, 20–22 July 2011 and supported by the Australian Research Council War Crimes Project.
CCP will host the closing panel of the symposium on Friday 22 July, with presentations by Kyla McFarlane and Tom Nicholson, chaired by Professor Gerry Simpson, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law. Visit law.unimelb.edu.au
Curated by Kyla McFarlane
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