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On European Ground - Alan Cohen

On European Ground

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9780226112947
Number Of Pages: 144

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A profound visual meditation on the trauma that scars twentieth-century Europe, Alan Cohen'sOn European Ground considers the battlefields of World War I, the Nazi death camps, and the Berlin Wall, and records the distance between what we remember about these places and what we can still observe in them today. By walking these sites and photographing the very ground in which their history has dissolved, Cohen opens a space for reflection on their complex gravity and legacy.

Cohen's images achieve a solemn beauty even as they engage history at its most topical. Pictures of trenches and bunkers at the battlefields of Somme and Verdun explore the tension between the violence of the past and the inscrutability of its remnants. Photographs from the grounds of Dachau and Auschwitz solicit a provocative dialogue between the ordinariness of these sites today and their haunting memory. They teach us, as theNew Art Examiner notes, "that the living perceptual connection to the Holocaust is vanishing." Images of the Berlin Wall show only the footprint of the barricade that once separated two hostile ideologies. They record the physical erosion and looming disappearance of the Wall while capturing its reappearance as a memorialized abstraction.

Accompanying the photographs in On European Ground are essays by Sander Gilman and Jonathan Bordo, as well as an interview with Cohen by critic Roberta Smith of theNew York Times. The essays present both an introduction to and aesthetic analysis of Cohen's work, while the interview discusses the intractable problems of history and memory that his photographs so uniquely capture.

Cohen's Surfaces of History
Photographs Phantoms Interview
Notes on the Photographs
About the Photographers and Authors
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ISBN: 9780226112947
ISBN-10: 0226112942
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st April 2001
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 22.86  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.0

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