This talk by Tatsiana Zhurauliova, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at the Université Paris Nanterre and Université Paris Diderot, will focus on works by documentary photographer W. Eugene Smith and painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi produced during World War II. Although the two men did not know each other, Kuniyoshi, who was based in the US at the time, collected Smith’s photographs from the Pacific Front, published by American newspapers. The gruesome images that emphasized human suffering on both sides of the conflict informed Kuniyoshi’s understanding of the events abroad and impacted his artistic production during the time. Considered together, Smith’s photographs and Kuniyoshi’s paintings offer a portrait of the war as a human catastrophe that transcends national boundaries and racial constructs, yet they also pose a series of broader questions about the role of images as they circulate in the field of cultural production.
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