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Accompanying the exhibition After History: Alexandre Kojeve as a Photographer is a public lecture by exhibition curator and FORMER WEST research advisor Boris Groys. In addition to being an influential thinker and diplomat, Alexandre Kojeve is a significant and exceptionally rare example of a philosopher who tried to visually capture his worldview through his own artistic practice. Groys’ lecture focuses on Kojeve’s multifaceted biography, his renowned philosophical positions, and the developments in his work and thinking over the course of his eventful life.
While Kojeve abandoned philosophy following WWII to serve in the French government, it was also at this time that he began to capture the world in his photographs that were informed by the philosophical field he left behind. Departing from reflections on Kojeve’s biography, Groys explores this remarkable relationship between Kojeve’s writing and photographic practice. Groys shows how the themes probed in Kojeve’s artistic practice are relevant to problems that arise in modern and contemporary culture alike—such as how to posit art and artistic expression in a time where belief in societal and cultural progress seems to have lost its standing. In doing so, Groys aptly illustrates how the long-hidden collection—comprised of photographs taken by Kojeve and the many postcards he purchased—is of vast importance to our understanding of the present moment and its corresponding challenges.
Venue: Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht.
Entrance fee (including the exhibition): € 4,00; discount: € 2,00, students free.
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