For citation: Ananiev, Vitaly; Katsaridou, Iro. This obscure object of desire: object, photography, museum and damaged churches, in Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana. 2018. № 2. Pp. 5-24. DOI https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu19.2018.201.
|Title of the article||This obscure object of desire: object, photography, museum and damaged churches|
|In the section||Commentarii / Articles|
|Type of article||RAR||Index UDK; BBK||069; 79.1||Index DOI||https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu19.2018.201|
|Abstract||The paper focuses on a collection of photographs recently (2016) donated to the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki, Greece, by Georges Kiourtzian, a Byzantine scholar associated with the College de France in Paris. The 17 mounted silver-prints date from the October Revolution of 1917 and portray the destruction by bombardments of churches and other monuments in the Kremlin, Moscow. Once part of the archive of Thomas Whittemore, the American Byzantine scholar, the photographs were discarded by the Byzantine Library in Paris, only to be collected by Georges Kiourtzian and then to find their way to the collection of the Museum of Byzantine Culture.
This paper sheds light on the complicated itinerary of those photographs: from their production as documentation, to their use as propaganda material, to the Byzantine Library and their eventual discarding, and finally to their new life as museum artefacts in the Museum of Byzantine Culture. The disputed narratives of the photographs are revealed, along with challenges and potentials that reorganization and integration in this recent museum presents for unravelling contested dynamics of the collection.
|Keywords||thing, object, photography, rubbish theory, biography of object|
|Full text version of the article.||Article language||English|