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23 Jun 2014

Jorge Ribalta blogs for Fotomuseum Winterthur

'Still Searching' with JORGE RIBALTA
Fotomuseum Winterthur


Artist, curator and author Jorge Ribalta blogs for Fotomuseum Winterthur until July 15 To read and comment go to



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Fotomuseum Winterthur
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8400 Winterthur

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Centrist Liberalism Triumphant?

In a new series of blogs, Jorge Ribalta, an artist, editor and curator based in Barcelona, proposes a historical understanding of documentary practices in photography, specifically during the Cold War. The rise of documentary rhetoric and discourses in the prewar era reflected the need to provide a visual tool for the representation of the working class and its new agency in mass democracy. But histories of photographic modernism, mostly a postwar construction, offered specific 'liberal' versions of the emergence of the documentary discourse that had long-lasting effects. Until July 15, Ribalta will bring to discussion how liberal humanism seemed to be an unsurpassable discursive and ideological horizon in postwar photographic avant-gardes and their historical narratives.