the re-telling and re-writting are always a complicated things.And the question about the ethical is obvious.For example in journalism, the most common form of re-telling, there is a lot of rules. How objective can you be about a fact? Even if journalists try almost the times to be impartial, it's quite easy to understand that the informations about a same fact are different in the differentcountry.That the poin of view are different.
In all the diplomatic accidents or conflist, opinion is different.Theyre is no real truth, each one seems to have is own truth.Palestians think they are right as much as Israel thinks.
But is it true to say that everyone have is thruth? that evryone can be right as long as one or more think the same. If we take the tragic acidents of the worl war 2,Hitler was wrong even if he thinks the opposite.We have to think through the prism of human being.There is rules, our society is based on moral.You can't do everything you want without taking care of the responsablities.
Even in Art, wich apear has a sphere much more free than journalism.the question about re-telling the fact is present.
This the principal purpose of this short essay.Throughthe works of some artists we are going to try to examine and discuss the ethical issues involved in the re-telling of actual events.
The first part is links to the works of the French artist Christian Boltanski.Indeed all his work is about collective memory.On really serious subject such as the war and the holocaust. About mixing his story with the History.This could be really perilous if notdone carrefully.
The second part is links to a novella called "How to become someone" from a book titled "Tales on ecstasy" written by Frederic Beigbeder, a famous french novelist.His work of "double narration" is often compared with the work of Bret Easton Ellis in France. In this novella, the narrator is a a drunk, racist an depressive limousine driver.The two clients in his car during theaction are Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed the night of their death.It's a really strong text, very controversial re-telling one of the most mediate event of the last century but still mysterious in a way.
With Boltanski ,and his specific work "Reserve" install in the Musee national d'Art modern, Center Georges Pompidou,make the spectator dive in a deep atmosphere.The wall of the room are totallycovered by old clothes.The bad smeel smeel of the clothes and the intimist ligthing make us think about a morbid nostalgy.The lights look like candle and give a religious aspect and in this quite environment we are wondering whose clothes it were.
It's obvious,the bodies are missing.Boltanski often work with the presence and the abscence.This piece of work is evocating the holocaust but notdirectly it's a very careful re-telling of this event,by choosing to represent the reserve in wich the germans where keeping all the clothes of the jewish prisoners and not with an other aspect more violent, bloody or trash
The sublect of the holocaust more than any other event is subject of a lot of discussion and specialy moral and ethical.You can be very quickly consider as antisemite orimmoral.
That why here, with an elective about memory ,archive ,this artist is really important because he erases is memory "I always wanted to erase my own memory".The programation of a mental suicide in the hope to be able to fit with the rest of the humanity,it's the opposite of the selfish creation of almost the artists.
Like an archaeologist, or a historian he's givin us a perfect testimonyof an event.O course like every artist he add something, a sensiblity or an emotion ,but we can fell that I match with the reality of the event , he's not changing the history or tell things that are not,in opposition with others artists,his art is not an art of Invention or Creation but an art of the Truth.the personal quest of the Truth in wich he looks for the answers into the collective...
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