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Eric Baudelaire, The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years Without Images, 2011, HD video and Super 8 transferred to HD video, color and black-and-white, sound, 66 minutes.

Eric Baudelaire

Beirut Art Center

Eric Baudelaire, The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years Without Images, 2011, HD video and Super 8 transferred to HD video, color and black-and-white, sound, 66 minutes.

The aftereffects of political violence, financial ruin, and other disasters (both natural and manmade) have been the subject of French artist Eric Baudelaire’s films, videos, and photographs for more than a decade. Yet none of his work is strictly, or even superficially, documentary, and all of it seems to be in dialogue with the high formalism of several major and minor figures in the history of art, literature, and cinema. Baudelaire consistently flirts with the aestheticization of conflict. He risks turning the wreckage of war into images that are beautiful, melancholic, or sublime. But there is something unself-consciously searching about his evocations of Franz Kafka and Andrei Tarkovsky in “Imagined States,” 2004–2005, a series of large-scale photographs capturing cycles of destruction and reconstruction in the contested Caucasian territory of Abkhazia. The same can be said

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