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eBook The Abu Ghraib Effect epub
  • ISBN: 1861896468
  • Author: Stephen F. Eisenman
  • Genre: Photography
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; Reprint edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • ePUB size: 1871 kb
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Stephen F. Eisenman posits an unsettling explanation, which is rooted in the character of the Abu Ghraib photographs themselves. Eisenman argues that the complex of violent and sexual motifs found in the photographs constitutes the ‘Abu Ghraib effect’, an instance of a longstanding Western ‘pathos formula’, whereby victims are shown taking pleasure in their own chastisement and pain. The cruel formula is widespread in the history of art and visual culture from Hellenistic Greece to modern times, and generally serves as an instrument of imperialist self-justification and racist violence

The book The Abu Ghraib Effect, Stephen F. Eisenman is published by Reaktion Books.

The book The Abu Ghraib Effect, Stephen F. Eisenman characterizes Americans’ willful dismissal of the images as the Abu Ghraib effect, rooted in the ways that the images of tortured Abu Ghraib prisoners tapped into a reactionary sentiment of imperialist self-justification and power. The complex elements in the images fit the pathos formula, he argues, an enduring artistic motif in which victims are depicted as taking pleasure in their own extreme pain.

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A brilliant examination of the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs within the context of art history, "The Abu Ghraib Effect" has already entered into popular jargon - a testament to its power as a popular political meme

A brilliant examination of the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs within the context of art history, "The Abu Ghraib Effect" has already entered into popular jargon - a testament to its power as a popular political meme. The value of this brief study, however, is that it provides a germane and enlightening perspective on the Abu Ghraib photos that is more refined than that stemming from traditional political analysis.

The Abu Ghraib Effect reveals how the pathos formula has dulled public responses to images of torture, and also urges a more effective use of political images in the fight against the so-called war on terror. Eisenmans concepts and questions constitute a challenging discourse on politics and ar. Art in America This brilliantly argued volume should be read by all. art historians. Art Book The Abu Ghraib Effect. traverses revolutionary terrain in its unraveling of the function of artistic metaphor in the justification of imperialist power.

The photographs of torture at Abu Ghraib prison aroused worldwide condemnation-or did they? Opinion polls showed that most citizens of the United States were unmoved by the images. One reason for this relative lack of a public outcry may be the nature of the Abu Ghraib pictures themselves and what Stephen F. Eisenman terms the Abu Ghraib effect.

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The photographs of torture at Abu Ghraib prison aroused worldwide condemnation—or did they? Opinion polls showed that most citizens of the United States were unmoved by the images. One reason for this relative lack of a public outcry may be the nature of the Abu Ghraib pictures themselves and what Stephen F. Eisenman terms “the Abu Ghraib effect.” By showing prisoners engaging in sexual acts, Eisenman asserts, the photos make the men look like enthusiastic participants in their own interrogation and torture. Further, these scenes repeat an ancient stereotype: the “pathos formula,” in which victims of war are shown welcoming their own punishment.

In this highly original analysis, Eisenman shows the pathos formula at work in the Abu Ghraib photos, and he describes its long history, exploring the motif’s appearance in imperial Greek and Roman Art, in the sculpture and painting of Michelangelo, and in Baroque paintings of saints and martyrs. The author also describes the equally long history of artistic protest against the formula by such diverse artists as William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Ben Shahn, and Leon Golub.

The Abu Ghraib Effect reveals how the pathos formula has dulled public responses to images of torture, and also urges a more effective use of political images in the fight against the so-called “war on terror.”

“Eisenman’s concepts and questions constitute a challenging discourse on politics and art.” —Art in America

 “This brilliantly argued volume should be read by all art historians.”—Art Book            

The Abu Ghraib Effect . . . traverses revolutionary terrain in its unraveling of the function of artistic metaphor in the justification of imperialist power.” —Media–Culture Review

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Samugor
A brilliant examination of the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs within the context of art history, "The Abu Ghraib Effect" has already entered into popular jargon - a testament to its power as a popular political meme. The value of this brief study, however, is that it provides a germane and enlightening perspective on the Abu Ghraib photos that is more refined than that stemming from traditional political analysis.

The upshot of Stephen Eisenman's thesis is that the discernable traditions of Greco-Roman art point to a way of seeing and understanding images of pain, torture, and suffering that, contrary to bolstering the repugnance of the Abu Ghraib photos, make them strangely palatable - even soothing - in their familiarity. This isn't a book about how awful (either politically or personally) the incidents at Abu Ghraib were; it's a book about how we psychologically process such images within their historical, political and aesthetic contexts.
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