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By Roger I. Simon

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Explores the curating of “difficult wisdom” in the course of the exhibition of lynching pictures in modern museums.

This remarkable comparative research at the curating of “difficult wisdom” specializes in museum exhibitions that awarded a similar lynching photos. via an in depth description of the exhibitions and drawing on interviews with museum employees and customer reviews, Roger I. Simon explores the affective demanding situations to suggestion that lie in the back of the various curatorial frameworks and the way audience’ reviews at the exhibitions practice a specific dialog approximately race in the United States. He then extends the dialogue to incorporate contrasting exhibitions of images of atrocities devoted through the German military at the japanese entrance in the course of global warfare II, in addition to to images taken on the Khmer Rouge S-21 torture and killing middle. With an insightful mixing of theoretical and qualitative research, Simon proposes new conceptualizations for a modern public pedagogy devoted to bearing witness to the records of racism

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Here, the argument is that for too long racist hierarchies have differentially determined the respect accorded to human life. ”47 Nevertheless, Apel’s position is that this was a risk worth running. She argued that as a nation, the United States could not afford to be innocent of these photos and by refusing to see these images there would be a loss to historical understanding that would only serve to whitewash the crimes of white supremacy. In these comments, Apel recognized the difficulty in reading lynching photographs against the grain: against the photographer’s gaze refracted within the composition of the image.

Things just can’t go back to normal. I feel very sad when I look at the black faces hanging from those trees they look like my family, friends, people I see on the street every day. What makes [me] more upset is to see those white faces, looking at the bodies with pride and accomplishment. Those white faces also look like the people I see on the street. (I’m very confused as what I should feel right now) peace. (Visitor Comment, Andy Warhol Museum) The notion of “difficulty” introduced above is evident in these remarks.

In a more general vein, Simpson’s comments suggest the need to think through how the historical repair initiated by the rendition and reframing of images of the past will guard the particularity and singularity of past and present, facilitating a dialectical connection among temporal events that avoids the collapse of diverse forms of victimization into each other. But as important as these considerations are for thinking through what is at stake in contemporary exhibitions that have set out to reframe 34 A PEDAGOGY OF WITNESSING lynching photography, Simpson’s comments offer a more specific and direct thought proposal.

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