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Risk, Invisibility and Gothic Ruins in 2020: A Photo Essay in Critical Quarterly

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

This 'photo essay on ruins, ruination,and ruin making considers three sites of destruction and construction that occurred during the pandemic in order to reflect upon what ruins tell us now, arguing that historical and contemporary ruins manifest two by-products of modernity. They draw attention both to invisibility or failures of vision, and also to the sense of risk that many identify as a characteristic feature of modern society; yet ruins can also perhaps be redemptive and emancipatory – particularly so in light of the events of 2020'.

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Colston, 2020

'Ruins remind us that the means of our emancipation--rationality, technology, progress--are also the means by which we endanger ourselves'.

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