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Jak dostrzec Bin Ladena, by już nigdy go nie zobaczyć?
The CIA Can Only Watch

Author(s): Agata Sierbińska
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: anthropology; image; politics; representation

Summary/Abstract: On 2 May 2011 Barack Obama informed about an action conducted by the elitist Navy SEALs, which ended in the death of Osama bin Laden. The White House illustrated this piece of information with a photograph showing American officials looking at a screen, probably beyond the take and showing the course of events. The photograph inspired numerous commentaries: why did the American authorities not publish the most anticipated image, that of the corpse of Osama bin Laden, what was the significance of the gestures performed by the persons gathered at the White House command centre; it also became extremely popular material for authors of Internet memes. In the presented text the history of the photograph becomes a visor showing the unclear status of portrayals of Osama bin Laden and Barack Obama; likenesses possess a separate identity (or life) and effectively resist those who trie to kill them or use them for private purposes.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 172-179
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish