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The Visual Afterlife of les gueules cassées: Artistic Reception from the Interbellum to documenta 13

Alexandra Timonina    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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abstract

The article discusses the representation of facial and bodily deformation as both a subject and an expressive means in diverse artistic media throughout the twentieth century until today. First, it wishes to provide a bibliographical overview of the recent research that delves into the problem from diverse methodologies. Second, it aims at tracing a timeline of how the imagery of ‘broken faces’, sometimes not directly related to the gueules cassées, yet persistent and recognisable, changed its use as a trope in the hands of modern and contemporary artists. Their works bear similarities in the dramatic accent on the deformation and decomposition of the body used to narrate collective trauma and a sense of confusion. Finally, the essay wishes to illustrate the complexity of this type of representation by contextualising some artworks within social and ethical contexts.

Published
Dec. 20, 2023
Submitted
Aug. 31, 2023
Language
EN

Keywords: Facial MutilationsBodyTraumaModernism

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