Memoirs of the Blind: The Self-Portrait and Other Ruins

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Derrida explores issues of vision, blindness, self-representation, and their relation to drawing, while offering detailed readings of an extraordinary collection of images he selected from the prints and drawings department of the Louvre. 22 color plates. 49 halftones.

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Jun 21, 2007

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The book is very interesting for the occasion from which it is born: an exhibition held at the Louvre Museum between 1990 and 1991, with the title "Memoirs of the Blind". Every year a writer, poet, philosopher became creator and curator of an exhibition with paintings from all the collections of the Louvre Museum, starting not from a historical o critical point of wiew, but using the paintings for demonstrating a theory, a point of view ("Taking Sides" is the title of the series of exhibition). Derrida's thinking route here around the theme of the vision, analyzed, with the typical sense of paradox of the french philosopher, starting from the absence of vision, from the Blind. The conclusion is that painting requires a sort of blindness, painting is, in fact, marking a line in total blindness, like a Blind that, as in manies of the paintings selected and present in this catalogue, beg the arm towards the object.

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