Readings for Wed, April 12: Doris Salcedo

All students:

click through Website for current show at Harvard, The Materiality of Mourning

Salcedo radio interview about her current show at Harvard


Salcedo Cantos (Dayton and Ian)

SalcedoMelancholy Objects (Jake and Sarah)

SalcedoTanya Barson (Kyle and Gracie)

SalcedoTrace Memories (Allie and Michelle)

SalcedoTroubled Materiality (Langley and Schuyler)




Alfredo Jaar Readings for Wednesday

Please come prepared to share the reading assigned to you in class. Some of the texts re-iterate Jaar’s lecture, but pay attention to how the authors write about the projects, which wording do they propose, which issues do they raise?

Freitas on Jaar Lament of the Images (Kyle)

Balken_AlfredoJaarLamentOfTheImages (Allie)

Alfredo Jaar Interview: The Responsibility of Privilege (Schuyler)

Jaar Folding Trauma (Ian)

Jaar_Haug Rwanda (Gracie)

A Sea of Griefs Is Not A Proscenium (David Levi-Strauss) (Dayton)

Balken_TheRwandaProject (Sarah)

Blocker_CemetaryofImages (Michelle)

Mary Jane Jacob_Intro (Langley)

Accatino_Strategies (Jake)



For Feb. 27: Testimonial and Experience

This weekend, please look into Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 film “Shoah,” which was ranked second of the “50 Greatest Documentaries of All Time” in a December 2015 poll by the British Film Institute. There are many snippets from this 9-hour film available on You Tube. I imagine if we all watch different ones, we can exchange on what we watched in class.

Here are some articles on Lanzmann:

On the Making of Shoah

2011, why his documentary still matters

Spectres of Shoah, 2016 HBO documentary on Lanzmann (on HBO).


The 9/11 Memorial Museum promises to be provide an interactive experience. Check out this virtual tour.


Also, if you have time to visit The Cell, right opposite the Denver Art Museum, your experience could enrich our discussion on Monday and Wednesday. The CELL is an acronym for Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab. They have a clear agenda, which I won’t reveal, and they rely on a very interactive strategy.

Assignments for 2/20 and 2/22

Please find sources yourself. Might also be a good idea to check out a book or two!


Allie: An-My Le, Small Wars

Michelle: An-My Le, 29 Palms

Jake: Omer Fast, 5000 Feet is the Best

Sarah: Omer Fast, Continuity

Langley: Omer Fast, The Casting


Dayton: Emily Jacir, Where We Come From and Personal Ads in Village Voice

Watch artist lecture by Emily Jacir at CU a number of years ago (available by streaming)

Schuyler: Emily Jacir, Material for a Film (Wael Zuaiter)
(maybe watch the movie “Munich” by Steven Spielberg)

Kyle: Walid Raad / The Atlas Group, To be Honest, the Weather Helped

Gracie: Walid Raad / The Atlas Group, My Neck is Thinner Than A Hair

Ian: Akram Zaatari, This Day
(don’t miss this interview)