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The Optic of the State
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Jens Andermann is reader in Latin American and Luso-Brazilian Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the coeditor of Images of Power: Iconography, Culture and the State in Latin America.

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As Andermann affirms in his brilliant study on the uses of visual cultures as state policy in Argentina and Brazil at the end of nineteenth century, maps, archives, and museums work a 'civilized' visuality on the 'bare life' of local cultures. This history of violence reveals how the technological gaze colonizes spaces and everyday practices, and reactivates the instruments of imperial capital. - Graciela Montaldo, Columbia University

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