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By Timothy Mathews

Alberto Giacometti's attenuated figures of the human shape are one of the most vital inventive photos of the 20 th century. Jean-Paul Sartre and André Breton are only of the nice thinkers whose concept has been nurtured by means of the smooth, harrowing paintings of Giacometti, which keeps to resonate with artists, writers and audiences. Timothy Mathews explores fragility, trauma, area and relationality in Giacometti's paintings and writing and the ability to narrate that emerges. In doing so, he attracts upon the novels of W.G. Sebald, Samuel Beckett and Cees Nooteboom and the theories of Maurice Blanchot and Bertolt Brecht; and recasts Giacometti's Le Chariot as Walter Benjamin's angel of background. This booklet invitations readers on a voyage of discovery via Giacometti's deep issues with reminiscence, attachment and humanity. either a severe learn of Giacometti's paintings and an immersion in its affective strength, it asks what encounters with Giacometti's items can let us know approximately our personal time and our personal methods of taking a look; and concerning the humility of in relation to paintings.

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When considering the type of tool-weapons used in inflicting injuries on humans, it is striking that only one implement is depicted in the White Sea region, namely the bow and 38 Liliana Janik arrow. This is in marked contrast to the iconography of the North European Bronze Age, which depicts a number of types of weapons employed in ritual violence. It has been proposed, on the basis of arrowhead morphology and the technology that allowed the attachment of flint barbs into arrow shafts, that archery dates from the end of the Palaeolithic (Guilaine and Zammit 2005).

2: Representation of warlike combat in depictions F and D (adjusted after Savvateev 1970). 3. ‘Noble death’: images of violence in the rock art of the White Sea 37 ‘The brandished weapons never seem actually to be striking the opponent, just waved in the air. Swords are implied by the scabbards that are frequently depicted hanging by the waist, but swords themselves are rarely depicted, and never in action. Vanquished or dead victims are not shown’ (Harding 2007, 116–17). As I will present below, the acts of violence in the White Sea rock art differ dramatically in that we do see the injured, though this does not necessarily mean that we are witnessing representations of real combat.

Several adult skeletons,-male and female-bore evidence of having been shot with between 15 and 25 arrows’ (Kelly 1999, 102). The meaning of these acts, however, could have differed according to time and cultural context. Sipilä and Lahelma (2007) have argued for such an understanding of the Zalavruga carvings. Such an interpretation, however, points towards the need for a more intricate approach than just using direct ethnographic analogy when we look at other ‘pin-cushion’ depictions from this rock art complex.

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