Chantal Ringuet et Don McCullin, poésie et photographie de guerre

Translated title of the contribution: Chantal Ringuet and Don McCullin, poetry and war photography

Simone Grossman

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Chantal Ringuet's bilingual poetic collection Under the Skin of War. Inspired by the photographs of Don McCullin was published in 2014, one year after the retrospective on McCullinm, an English photojournalist from the 1960s and 1980s, at the National Gallery in Ottawa. Returning to the controversy over the possibility of poetry in the face of violence, initiated by Adorno after the Second World War, Ringuet, in her poems, joins McCullin in the conflict zones of the world. Symbolically sharing her experiences, she traces the emergence of war photographs, residual debris of reality produced by destruction that spares neither men nor language. Using Derrida's thought, the poet, like Paul Celan after the Holocaust, invents a language capable of saying destruction, the bursting of the meaning of words, the emergence of photos showing the original violence that arouses them. Through art, the poet and photographer restore dignity and existence to the victims.
Translated title of the contributionChantal Ringuet and Don McCullin, poetry and war photography
Original languageFrench
JournalRevue internationale de Photolittérature
StatePublished - 2021


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