The use value of the impossible

The purpose of this article is to reflect upon the art magazine Documents' project, published in the years 1929-1930. It discusses the relationship between art and ethnography from the standpoint of the notion of "use value", which would become decisive in Georges Bataille's work. To this effect, the author puts to use texts by authors such as Michel Leiris, Georges Henri Rivière and Carl Einstein texts, among others, as well as Bataille himself.

Georges Bataille; magazine Documents; ethnography; use value

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