ed. by Cristina Baldacci, Clio Nicastro, and Arianna Sforzini

Cultural Inquiry, 21

Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022



Over the last twenty years, reenactment has been appropriated by both contemporary artistic production and art-theoretical discourse, becoming a distinctive strategy to engage with history and memory. As a critical act of repetition, which is never neutral in reactualizing the past, it has established unconventional modes of historicization and narration. Collecting work by artists, scholars, curators, and museum administrators, the volume investigates reenactment’s potential for a (re)activation of layered temporal experiences, and its value as an ongoing interpretative and political gesture performed in the present with an eye to the future. Its contributions discuss the mobilization of archives in the struggle for inclusiveness and cultural revisionism; the role of the body in the presentification and rehabilitation of past events and (impermanent) objects; the question of authenticity and originality in artistic practice, art history, as well as in museum collections and conservation practices.

ISBN (Hardcover): 978-3-96558-027-5
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Table of Contents
I. Uncovering the Historical Past, Performing the Political Present
II. Aesthetic Forms of Rehabilitation
III. Resistance and Reconciliation in the Museum