Moulène, Rancière and 24 Objets de Grève: Productive Ambivalence or Reifying Opacity?

Magagnoli, Paolo (2012) Moulène, Rancière and 24 Objets de Grève: Productive Ambivalence or Reifying Opacity?. Philosophy of Photography, 3 1: 155-171. doi:10.1386/pop.3.1.155_1


Author Magagnoli, Paolo
Title Moulène, Rancière and 24 Objets de Grève: Productive Ambivalence or Reifying Opacity?
Journal name Philosophy of Photography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2040-3682
2040-3690
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1386/pop.3.1.155_1
Open Access Status
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 155
End page 171
Total pages 17
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Intellect
Language eng
Formatted abstract
First exhibited in 1999, Jean-Luc Moulène’s 24 Objets de Grève is a photographic archive printed in a range of different formats, portraying a variety of products made by French workers on strike between the 1970s and the 1990s. These comprise of scarves, T-shirts, dolls, geographical maps, cigarettes, facsimile banknotes, perfume bottles and other items. The objects were aimed at financially supporting the strikers and attracting the solidarity of the general public. Often destroyed after their use, they were not created with the intention of being collected and exhibited as works of art. 24 Objets de Grève lends itself to multiple and seemingly contradictory readings: it can be read as a Rancerian celebration of the creativity of the working class or as its undue appropriation; as a commemoration of the history of the workers movement or as an act of forgetting and reification. This article explores the ambivalences, hiatuses and limitations of Moulène’s project in relation to its representational strategies and the notion of emancipatory aesthetic elaborated by Jacques Rancière.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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