May ’68 in the museum
in Photography and social movements
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This chapter examines the role that photography played in shaping the memory and the forgetting of May 1968, by taking as starting point an exhibition of the May 1968's photographs by photojournalist Bruno Barbey at the London's Hayward Gallery in 2008. The chapter discusses both the compositional decisions by Barbey and the subsequent institutional decisions in order to examine the problematic of documentation and the display of protest photographs. The chapter highlights the subsequent institutional framing of these photographs, which have become slanted towards an overemphasis on individualism that ignores their intrinsically collective nature. Barbey's exhibition at the Hayward tended to equate anti- and pro-Gaullist demonstrations, as is evidenced by the way in which images of collective entities exclude rigorous slogans and creative banners as part of the demonstrations.

Photography and social movements

From the globalisation of the movement (1968) to the movement against globalisation (2001)


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