Mark Sealy, photographer, curator Autograph ABP, London
Eyal Weizman, architect, Forensic Architecture London, vie skype
Moderation: Kathrin Röggla, writer, vice-president of Akademie der Künste, Berlin
How can or should we observe the suffering of others, how can we best bear witness? And to what extent do we ourselves become part of the war of images, as described by art history and visual image scholar W.J.T. Mitchell? This discussion focuses on the portrayal and representation of violence and human suffering. In her essay Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag asks “what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated,” and wonders if the visual representation of atrocities may also serve suppressed desires for spectacular images.