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Title: The Auto-Deconstructive Image
Subtitle: Of Vestigal Places
Author(s): ALEXANDROVA, Alena
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 69    Issue: 3   Date: 2008   
Pages: 321-336
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.69.3.2033146

Abstract :
Jean-Luc Nancy considers art to be of a great importance in his project of a deconstruction of Christianity. This article focuses on his analysis of the monotheist provenance of the notions of image and representation. According to Nancy, art and monotheism can be thought of as cooriginary. Art, or the image, gives monotheism invisibility as a negative and yet paradoxically sensible modality of the withdrawal of God. In turn, monotheism gives art the internal opening towards indefinite sense that results from such withdrawal. Nancy suggests that the notion of representation can be understood as an effect of the radical absence of God, and that the notion of image can be understood as conditioned by the Christian idea of incarnation. The article traces the way Nancy interprets this idea and shows its effects on a Western comprehension of art.