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Alexandre Kojeve: After History

Alexandre Kojeve: After History
Library Shelf Location 18.KOJE
Publication Date 2012
Description With excitement and anticipation BAK announces the upcoming research exhibition After History: Alexandre Kojeve as a Photographer (20.05.–15.07.2012), curated by art historian and philosopher Boris Groys. Alexandre Kojeve (1902–1968) is arguably one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. This seminal political thinker–and European politician–created a unique and fascinating visual body of work consisting of thousands of photographs and postcards. The aesthetic articulation of Kojeve’s philosophical and political views takes unexpected shape as it is made publicly available for the first time, providing a new understanding of the intellectual history of the so-called West and rearticulating its effect on our present, and possible futures. Kojeve’s influential reinterpretation of philosopher Hegel’s writing inspired a generation of French thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan. Kojeve thought history ended with the French Revolution, as it had achieved particular individual freedoms and the universal recognition of human desires. This notion of the “end of history” was later famously transformed by political scientist Francis Fukuyama to explain the loss of ideological antagonisms after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Believing that under the post-historical condition one should stop thinking about the world and instead change it, Kojeve abandoned philosophy to work for the French Ministry of Economic Affairs. Remarkably, after this shift from deliberation to action Kojeve started to develop his own obsessive photographic practice in order to register the post-historical world. The many generic postcards he collected show what inspired his artistic style. The collection of both photographs and postcards portrays the world as Kojeve articulated it through his philosophical thinking: an aesthetically harmonious and exotic East; a stiflingly complete and hollow West; and Russia, Kojeve’s rapidly changing homeland, is shown mainly through old churches frozen in time. Through its premiere presentation, the exhibition questions the critical capacity for change in our contemporary reality and shows us a world stage waiting to be filled with activism and the desire for another tomorrow.
Quantity 1
Pages 64
Authors Boris Groys, Alexandre Kojeve
Format Paperback
Publisher BAK
Related Artist Alexandre Kojeve
Categories Photography, Philosophy
Keyword Architecture (subject)
Artist's Nationality Russian
Language English

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