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Desert Blooms

Author(s): Chaudhary, Zahid R

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Abstract: This essay considers the place of abstraction in documentary photography, a genre whose primary aesthetic-political commitment is usually assumed to be on the side of figuration, denotation, and facticity. Taking up photographer Fazal Sheikh's photographic series Desert Bloom, which records natural and human-made disturbances in the Naqab/Negev desert, the essay considers artistic abstraction in relation to other forms of economic, juridical, and political abstraction critical to settler colonialism in particular and capitalism more generally. How might abstraction be the very condition of politics? What might this imply for our understandings of documentary aesthetics?
Publication Date: 1-May-2019
Citation: Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Desert Blooms." October 168 (2019): 92-109. doi:10.1162/octo_a_00351.
DOI: doi:10.1162/octo_a_00351
ISSN: 0162-2870
EISSN: 1536-013X
Pages: 92 - 109
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: October
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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