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“Seeing Through ‘Paradise’”

Drawing Center

Mass media accelerates a culture’s ability to rewrite history even before it is codified as such: witness the yellow flag factories and invisible Iraqi casualties of the (perhaps gently forgotten) Gulf War. Politics continues to inform both “high” and “low” cultural production overtly as well as covertly, and though much contemporary work attempts critically to unmask (or at least name) this dynamic, more still remains symptomatic of unquestioned ideological agendas. That elusive gaggle dubbed the “New Right” has seized the means of representation for its purposes; we know altogether too well how AIDS is really just a chronic manageable illness, and that health care exists in America. Yet long before these insidious maneuvers, the Nazis had forged false self-representations that continue to surpass any subsequent cultural abuses. In 1941, they began to convert Terezin (in German,

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