Sophie Ristelhueber : operations / with texts by Bruno Latour, David Mellor and Thomas Schlesser.

by Latour, BrunoLooking glass; Mellor, DavidLooking glass; Schlesser, ThomasLooking glass.

Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2009.Description: 444 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0500093490; 9780500093498.Other title: Operations : Sophie Ristelhueber.Subject(s): Ristelhueber, Sophie, 1949-Looking glass | Landscape photography -- Middle East | Middle East -- Pictorial worksLooking glass
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In Sophie Ristelhueber's large-scale artworks and installations, the photographed landscape appears in fragments: damaged, rent, pockmarked. These traces of history and conflict, which the artist calls 'details of the world', are like scars on a body, and they convey a similar tale of wounds scarcely healed. Ristelhueber has photographed these metaphorical landscapes in war-torn places like Beirut, Kuwait, Bosnia and Iraq since 1982, recording the violence inflicted on the surface of the earth by the machinery of war. Rather than focusing on the geopolitical meaning of a particular conflict, Ristelhueber is engaged with the ambiguities of what she calls the 'terrain of the real and of collective emotions'. In her magisterial triptych Iraq, rows of burnt, decapitated palm trees stand in a blasted-out landscape; they are like, the artist says, 'the remains of a defeated army.' Although the image clearly resonates with the current war in Iraq and ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, Ristelhueber's approach implies that the current situation is part of an unceasing historical cycle of destruction and construction. In her photographs, the surface of the land becomes a kind of palimpsest on which the disfiguring marks of decades of conflict continue to be recorded.

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Bruno LaTour was born in the French province of Burgundy, where his family has been making wine for many generations. He was educated in Dijon, where he studied philosophy and Biblical exegesis. He then went to Africa, to complete his military service, working for a French organization similar to the American Peace Corps. While in Africa he became interested in the social sciences, particularly anthropology.

LaTour believes that through his interests in philosophy, theology, and anthropology, he is actually pursuing a single goal, to understand the different ways that truth is built. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, LaTour has written about the philosophy and sociology of science in an original, insightful, and sometimes quirky way. Works that have been translated to English include The Pasteurization of France; Laboratory Life; Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society; We Have Never Been Modern; and Aramis, or the Love of Technology.

LaTour is a professor at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation, a division of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, in Paris.

(Bowker Author Biography)