This book questions the way folks are represented, a both aesthetic and political issue. Folks today seem more exposed than ever. They are, in reality, underexposed because of censorship or over-exposed in the artificial light of their spectacularization. The result is equivalent invisibility. In short, they are, as too often, exposed to disappear.
A long analysis is devoted here to the work of poets, painters, photographers and filmmakers who throughout history are characterized by their attention to small folks – including contemporary examples, such as the film Man with No Name by the Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing.
Georges Didi-Huberman is a french philosopher and art historian. He holds a chair at Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS).
Publisher: Les Éditions de Minuit