“Bringing the War Home”: Visual Aftermaths and Domestic Disturbances in the Era of Modern Warfare – Feminist Studies and Visual Media Lecture Series

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall | UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

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Feminist Studies and Visual Media Lecture Series
Organized and moderated by Professor Minoo Moallem
Series cosponsored by Media Studies and the Center for Race & Gender
Funding provided by the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Fund in Gender & Women’s Studies

“Bringing the War Home”: Visual Aftermaths and Domestic Disturbances in the Era of Modern Warfare
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (12pm in 370 Dwinelle Hall) 

Caren KaplanProfessor of American Studies, University of California, Davis

In this paper I want to focus on a period that includes the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and extends into the “War on Terror” through a consideration of Martha Rosler’s photo collage series “House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home” (1967-2004). The technique of collage reinforces the artist’s emphatic effort to bring together seemingly incommensurable elements—images of exquisite domestic interiors, glamourous consumer commodities, and landscapes and bodies damaged by warfare. Literally bringing wars waged by the United States throughout this long durée into the hyper commodified environment of fashion layouts and magazine advertisement, Rosler demonstrates the impossibility of limiting domestic space, an impossibility that challenges representation across genres and practices—televisual, photographic, cinematic, social media, analogue, digital, etc. Such disturbances of “here” and “there,” “now” and “then,” resonate as powerful “aftermaths” of wars visible and invisible, always already underway.

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