Pathos, Survival, and “Quasi Immanence”

  • Francesco Zucconi


Through a series of heterogeneous examples, this chapter examines the interweaving between the immanence of gestures loaded with pathos that take shape under catastrophic circumstances and the transcendence of the representative models through which suffering and precariousness have taken form in the West over the course of centuries. Humanitarian communications, it is shown, can be conceived of and investigated as a form of “secularization” of Christian iconography. The chapter concludes with three photographs explicitly inspired by works by Caravaggio that best express the temporality and spatiality that typify “everyday life.” Humanitarian photography, too, is shown to promote the immanence of intersubjective relations: the small gestures of people living under emergency conditions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Zucconi
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  1. 1.Iuav University of VeniceVeniceItaly

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