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Saggi Ensayos Essais Essays

N. 4 (2010): La morte e i suoi riti nella cultura contemporanea

Cornici di tortura Lo scandalo di Abu Ghraib come rituale mediatizzato tra fotogiornalismo e arte contemporanea

DOI
https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/704
Inviata
November 1, 2010
Pubblicato
November 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper deals with the scandal of Abu Ghraib. The diffusion of the torture photographs is analyzed as a peculiar form of mediatized ritual, which has cristallized them in the public memory and performatively activated a number of practices of creative re-contextualization and symbolic re-articulation. In particular, the paper problematizes a wide range of forms of artistic representations of the torture photographs, according to three main analytical dimensions: inter-iconic translation, authorial intentions, degree of institutionalization.