Light against Light

∞ “Light Against Light” (pdf) – Georges Didi-Huberman, 2018 (2014)

Translation: Lia Swope Mitchell

Born in 1953, Georges Didi-Huberman is philosopher and art historian, he teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). Curator of exhibitions such as L’Empreinte (Paris, 1997), Fables du lieu (Tourcoing, 2001), Atlas (Madrid-Karlsruhe-Hamburg, 2010-2011), Nouvelles histoires de fantômes (Tourcoing-Rio de Janeiro-Beyrouth-Paris, 2012-2014), Memory Burns (Beijing, 2015) and Uprisings (2016-2018). He has published about sixty books on the history and theory of images, developing a series of five books under the title “The Eye of History.”

He has been visiting professor at the universities of Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Berkeley, Courtauld Institute (London), Freie Universität (Berlin), Venice, Basel, Lisboa, etc.

He has been awarded by the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Paris), the Aby Warburg-Stiftung (Hamburg), the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), the College of Art Association (USA), the Max Weber-Stiftung (Münich), the Adorno-Prize (Frankfurt). He is doctor honoris causa at the universities of Montréal and Buenos Aires.

Translation of “Lumière contre lumière,” in La Disparition des lucioles (Arles: Actes Sud, 2014). Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title, presented at the Prison Sainte-Anne, Avignon (May 18-November 25, 2014).

Lia Swope Mitchell is a writer and translator in Minneapolis. Her translation of Georges Didi-Huberman’s Survival of the Fireflies was recently released by Univocal/University of Minnesota Press, and her short fiction has appeared in Apex, Cosmos, and Shimmer, among other magazines. She is completing her PhD in French at the University of Minnesota. Her website is here.