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Concerning ConsequencesStudies in Art, Destruction, and Trauma$
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Kristine Stiles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226774510

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304403.001.0001

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Jean Toche: Impressions from the Rogue Bush Imperial Presidency (2009)1

Jean Toche: Impressions from the Rogue Bush Imperial Presidency (2009)1

(p.194) Jean Toche: Impressions from the Rogue Bush Imperial Presidency (2009)1
Concerning Consequences

Kristine Stiles

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines Jean Toche's 2009 exhibition Impressions from the Rogue Bush Imperial Presidency, seen as an indictment of the deceitful, empire-building Bush administration and how it operated with criminal villainy. Documentary photography bears witness to moments in history, and art photography of the body depicts intimate life, including sexuality, identity, family relations, privacy, and one's association or disconnection to the self. These two truisms about photographic genres are related to questions regarding the purpose of photography to capture appearances or to transform the world in what Louis Ducos du Hauron called “transformism” in 1889. The chapter considers Toche's use of a Polaroid camera to shoot mocking self-portraits that express his resistance to every aspect of culture, politics, religions, and much more.

Keywords:   documentary photography, Jean Toche, Impressions from the Rogue Bush Imperial Presidency, art, transformism, self-portraits, politics, exhibition, Bush administration

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