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Emanuele Coccia, Donatien Grau, ...: Photography and Things
Photography and Things
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Emanuele Coccia, Donatien Grau, Roxana Marcoci, Alice Rawsthorn, Richard Wentworth

Photography and Things
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Emanuele Coccia

is an Associate Professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. He is the author of Sensible Life (Fordham University Press, 2016), of Goods: Advertising, Urban Space, and the Moral Law of the Image (Fordham University Press, 2018), The Life of Plants (Polity, 2018), and, with Donatien Grau, The Transitory Museum (­Polity, 2019). He has written numerous essays on visual artists and served as a scientific advisor to the exhibition Nous les arbres at the Fondation ­Cartier, Paris, in 2019.
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Donatien Grau

Donatien Grau

is a scholar and author. He currently serves as head of contemporary programs at the Louvre and as chair of the Association Pierre Guyotat.
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Roxana Marcoci

is Senior Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She holds a PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  Some of her recent exhibitions include Louise Lawler: WHY PICTURES NOW (2017); Zoe Leonard: Analogue (2015); Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness (2014); The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook (2012); and Sanja Ivekovic: Sweet Violence (2011). Marcoci is co-editor and contributing author to the three-volume Photography at MoMA (1840 to Now) series. She is currently preparing a large survey of Wolfgang Tillmans’s work, scheduled to open in February 2021.
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Alice Rawsthorn

is an award-winning design critic and author of the critically acclaimed books Design as an Attitude and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. Her weekly design column for the New York Times was syndicated worldwide for over a decade. Born in Manchester and based in London, Alice is chair of the boards of trustees of the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Yorkshire and Chisenhale Gallery in London. A founding member of the Writers for Liberty campaign for human rights, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to design and the arts.
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Richard Wentworth

has developed in his work new forms of relations to “things” across industrial, media, cultural, political history to the present. Making Do and Getting By (1972-ongoing), an extensive journal of encounters, has redefined both photography and sculpture—while arguably paving an artistic way towards Instagram. He has archived the layers of the present day in two projects with the Hayward Gallery, Thinking Aloud (1999) and History is Now (2015), dialogued with many different settings for his art, from biennials to museum exhibitions, to books, to unexpected locations—such as his Artangel project in 2002, An Area of Outstanding Unnatural Beauty and Black Maria at King’s Cross, working closely with the architects Gruppe in 2013. He lives and works in London.
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Donatien Grau (ed.), Christoph Wiesner (ed.): After the Crisis

After the Crisis offers a platform for discussions between some of today’s leading artists, writers, theorists, curators, and historians aimed at questioning the very status of photography today. Contributors come from the realms of critical theory, fiction,  performance art, fashion photography, and museums, as well as film and design, and their conversations bring together history and the contemporary. Comparing the current situation of photographic images with the crisis experienced by representation at the time of the birth of photography, they set our relationship with photographic images in the digital era in perspective. Through these discussions, we come to sense the existential burden of being surrounded by images, while also beginning to grasp the historical depth of a questioning of images that started long before the current generation and engages with crucial political and cultural issues of our time. 


With contributions by Philippe Artières, Osei Bonsu, Emma Bowkett, Elisabeth Bronfen, Emanuele Coccia, ­Russell ­Ferguson, ­Dominique de Font-­Réaulx, Marc Fumaroli, Leigh Ledare, Kieran Long, Roxana Marcoci, Renzo ­Martens, Paul ­McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, Pascale Montandon-­Jodorowsky, ­ORLAN, Alice Rawsthorn, Jeff Rosenheim, ­Elisa Schaar, ­Bruno Serralongue, Devika Singh, Abdellah Taïa, ­Oliviero ­Toscani, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh ­Matadin, Wim Wenders, Richard Wentworth.