Contingency in Madagascar

Text by Stephen Muecke, Photographs by Max Pam

Contingency in Madagascar
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Text by Stephen Muecke, Photographs by Max Pam

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159 pages | 50 color plates | 9 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9781841504742 Published July 2012

As they set off for Madagascar in 2003, photographer Max Pam and writer Stephen Muecke adopted as their guiding principle the idea of contingency—central to which is the conscious embrace of risk and chance. In doing so, they established a new aesthetic in which image and text are inextricably linked to the notion of possibility. This stunning collection of photos and essays is the result of their vision, collectively illustrating the beauty and wisdom on offer in one of the world’s poorest nations. A contribution to the wave of new ethnography exemplified by Michael Taussig and Kathleen Stewart, these encounters with events, images, and experimental writing dramatize thoughts and feelings in the ongoing construction of place.

Contents

A Note from the Editor to the Reader: From the Middle
      Alfredo Cramerotti, Editor, 'Critical Photography' series
Acknowledgements
Introduction
      Michael Taussig

Beauty and Wisdom
Lemuria
Composing Photography
Rethinking la femme Malgache
'Among the ...'
New Ethnography
Full Orange Splendour
'She Danced Away on the Other Side'
A Story and an Argument
Ghost of a Chance
Turning the Bones
Choreomania
Eclipse Totale
Street Life in Nosy Bé
Sex Tourism
Lapabe

Photographs

Notes
Image Captions

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