An illustrated volume exploring the set of portrait photographs and video images shot in the abandoned space of a kitchen where Carthusian nuns had once fed more than 8,000 orphans.
The Kitchen was produced in 2009 by the Teatro de la Laboral in Gijon (Asturias). In English and Spanish.
A diverse group of contributors, from art historians, anthropologists, and political theorists to artists, filmmakers, and architects, considers the interaction of politics and the visual in such topics as the political consequences of a photograph taken by an Israeli soldier in a Palestinian house in Ramallah; AIDS activism; images of social suffering in Iran; the “forensic architecture” of claims to truth; and the “Make Poverty History” campaign. Transcending disciplines, they trace a broader image complex whereby politics is brought to visibility through the mediation of specific cultural forms that mix the legal and the visual, the hermeneutic and the technical, the political and the aesthetic.