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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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The Four Dimensions of Art

The Four Dimensions of Art

On the Film Forgiveness

Chapter:
(p.188) The Four Dimensions of Art
Source:
What Does a Jew Want?
Author(s):

Alain Badiou

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0034

This chapter examines Udi Aloni's film Forgiveness and its four dimensions relating to history, narrative, psychoanalysis, and culture. It considers Aloni's idea that Palestine is the name that prevents Israel from becoming the incarnation of a Jewish universality in the eyes of the world. But it is also Israel that prevents Palestine from becoming the incarnation of Arab universality in the eyes of the world. Aloni does not inscribe his film into a prefabricated or abstract vision of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The question of war or of the sharing of territory is not his main problem. Udi thinks that Palestine and the Palestinians are inscribed into the very essence of Israel. The chapter concludes that Forgiveness belongs to what it calls affirmationism—the doctrine according to which ideas generated by art do not so much carry a judgment on the world as indicate the point from which the world might be transfigured.

Keywords:   art, Udi Aloni, Forgiveness, narrative, psychoanalysis, culture, Palestine, Israel, Israeli–Palestinian conflict, affirmationism

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