THE IDOLS OF ISIS: FROM ASSYRIA TO THE INTERNET
1 Nov 2020
12:00PM - 2:00PM
|Where||Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
Aaron Tugendhaft’s new book, The Idols of ISIS, begins with the uncanny resemblance between two images from northern Iraq: an eight-century BC palace relief of three Assyrian soldiers smashing the sculpture of a king, and a viral video from 2015 depicting Islamic State fighters doing the same thing in the Mosul Museum. Why this persistent drive to destroy images? Why make other images showing their destruction?
Tugendhaft is joined by artist Michael Rakowitz, writer Rijin Sahakian, and scholar Wendy M. K. Shaw to discuss the political power of images, the persistent drive to destroy them, and why we regularly make new ones depicting that destruction. Curator Regine Basha moderates the discussion.
Organized by Cabinet Magazine and co-presented with the Vera List Center.
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Image courtesy of the event organizer.