Art – Ethics – Education, Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson, and Raphael Vella (Volume eds.)

Series: Doing Arts Thinking: Arts Practice, Research and Education, Volume: 7
Volume Editors: Carl-Peter BuschkühleDennis Atkinson, and Raphael Vella
Publisher: Brill, Sense
Hardback availability: Published ISBN: 978-90-04-38980-9 Publication date: 06 Aug 2020
Paperback availability: Published ISBN: 978-90-04-43070-9 Publication date: 06 Aug 2020
E-Book (PDF) availability: Published ISBN: 978-90-04-43071-6 Publication date: 03 Aug 2020
Pages: xxii, 364 pp.


Chapter 11
Photography as Cultural Symptomatology within a Post-Yugoslav Condition
The Case of Sarajevo

In: Art – Ethics – Education Author: Branka Vujanović
Type: Chapter pages: 172–186
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004430716_016

Abstract
This chapter offers an insight into photographic practice within a post-traumatic culture and post-socialist condition in former Yugoslavia, with a particular focus on the case of wartime and post-war Sarajevo. Defined as cultural symptomatology, this practice deals with the symptoms of social and cultural break-down and new forms of subjectivity and connectivity in its aftermath. The chapter pursues an understanding of photographic symptomatology as a source of civil knowledge and argues for an ethically driven art practice as a way to work through shared trauma in the face of politics of hatred and post-socialist oblivion.

This book can be viewed as a series of investigations into the ongoing imbrications of the practices of art, ethics and education as conducted within each author’s specific context of practice as artist, educator, researcher. It constitutes an international anthology of explorations that are by no means exclusive but conscious of the ongoing iterations, mutations and individuations of relations between art, ethics and education, which, in turn, seek to expand how we might conceive these terms as practices. This ongoing evolution reminds us that as practices art, ethics and education are always incomplete processes affected by and affecting their specific milieus and environments. 

Chapters within the book cover a wide range of ethical questions and educational contexts, broaching subjects as varied as higher education, artificial intelligence, animal ethics, transcultural encounters, collaborative art, the education of senior citizens and experiences of conflict. Art, ethics and education are not conceived in terms of established orders, representations, ideals, criteria or bodies of knowledge and practice, but rather in terms of dynamic, relational processes and their potentialities, that arise within specific locations, cartographies and ecologies of practice. The notions of art, ethics and education are viewed in terms of assemblages that have the capacity to generate new modes of practice that may question established values and advance new overlappings of aesthetic, ethical and political relations. 

Contributors are: Dennis Atkinson, Hashim Al Azzam, John Baldacchino, Bazon Brock, Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Sahin Celikten, Ana Dimke, Brian Grassom, Leena Hannula, Brian Hughes, jan jagodzinski, Timo Jokela, Mira Kallio-Tavin, Joachim Kettel, Guillermo Marini, Catarina Martins, Joe Sacco, Francisco Schwember, Juuso Tervo, Raphael Vella and Branka Vujanovic.