Georges Didi-Huberman

Senior Fellow from October 2008 - September 2009

Research Project: “Exposed Peoples”


The project deals with the representation of peoples. Walter Benjamin evoked that the role of the historian was to give back speech to the nameless (we could add today: to the homeless, paperless …) The question I ask is therefore what is the status of the “figurants” in modern representation, particularly in cinema.
Based on a long duration study of the group portrait and the figuration of peoples – from Jacques Callot to Francisco Goya, but also from the humanistic ethics to the poems of Baudelaire - I would like to look more closely at this figuration of nations in cinema, thanks to precise examples which will be drawn from the work of Eisenstein, Rossellini and especially Pier Paolo Pasolini.