Synthesis 13: Just Art. Documentary Poetics and Justice

Chères et chers collègues,

J’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication du numéro 13 de la revue SYNTHESIS coordonné par Naomi Toth (CREA, Université Paris Nanterre, IUF).

Je vous en souhaite bonne lecture.

Hélène Aji

Synthesis n° 13, Just Art: Documentary Poetics and Justice, edited and introduced by Naomi Toth, is now online here :

Covering contemporary documentary works across a broad range of mediums, the articles, interview and conversation piece brought together in this issue all debate art’s potential for justice, from the perspectives of both practitioners and critics. You will find the table of contents below. Special thanks to Lily Hibberd and the Parragirls Memory Project for permission to use a still from their immersive art film Parragirls Past, Present (2017) on the cover. Many thanks also to the editorial board of Synthesis at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Mata Dimakopoulou, Maro Germanou & Mina Karavanta.

Just Art. Documentary Poetics and Justice

Table of Contents


Introduction: Just Art. Documentary Poetics and Justice.
Naomi Toth

What testimony does to literature
Frédérik Detue and Charlotte Lacoste

Can Trauma be Told? Juridical Discourse and Affect in Vanessa Place’s Statement of Facts
Francis Haselden

Out of Bounds: Confronting War Crimes and the Breakdown of Justice with Contemporary Art
Catherine Bernard

Rebalancing the extra-judicial scales: Documentary aesthetics and the legacy of the Central Park Five
Sofia Baliño Rios

Parragirls Past, Present: Unlocking Memories of Institutional ‘Care’: witnessing and creative reparation in the aftermath of Parramatta Girls Home
Naomi Toth and Lily Hibberd

Susan Briante, Philip Metres, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Craig Santos-Perez

“The Quarrel with Ourselves”. An Interview with Marjorie Perloff
Naomi Toth, Marjorie Perloff

Book Review
Arleen Ionescu and Maria Margaroni, eds. Arts of Healing: Cultural Narratives of Trauma
Iro Filippaki


Editor’s Note: Giving Presence to the Present
Mina Karavanta

Notes Towards an Exilic Consciousness
R. Radhakrishnan

Art’s political criticality: At the thresholds of difference and eventuality
Elena Tzelepis

Hélène Aji
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