Zelenski y el dolor de los demás

Las fotos de Volodímir Zelenski y su esposa, Olena Zelenska, para la revista Vogue, captured by Annie Leibovitz, brought the exploitation of the duel to a level of uncomfortable spectacularity. Susan Sontag, quien fuera pareja de Leibovitz, habría dicho, de acuerdo con las tesis de Ante el dolor de los demás (2003), that photos of the presidential couple between soldiers and ruins of Kiev are obscene.

It is worth remembering in these days that this book, the last that Sontag published in life, was the ulterior development of his great essay. About photography (1977), en que sostenía una posición ambivalente sobre el poder de la imagen en la sociedad post-Industrial. After his close experience in the war in the Balkans, the context of the project “Rostros de la ciudad” (1993), a set of portraits of Leibovitz in the ruins of Sarajevo, for the magazine Vanity FairSontag moved to a more critical vision about the role of photography in military conflicts.

Comenzaba Sontag Ricardando Trace Guinea (1938). A diferencia de Woolf, although supporting his thesis that the female reception of the image was especially empathetic, Sontag thought that the photos of the ruins and the dead of the Francoist aviation, no la necessariañallecion de la aviación Franco, no la necessariañalla de la especially de la aviation franquista. .

The war of attrition continues, it intensifies and Putin is apostando, precisely, a que merme the international credit of Zelenski. Some signs of concentration of power in Kiev are used, cynically, from the Kremlin, to advance this discredit. Estas fotos caen en el terreno fertil de la maquinaria propagandística rusa, que precisely busca que el dolor de los demás no gire a favor de Ukraine

There was the United Nations morbo, the United Nations exhibitionism in the war photography, which also produced a paralyzing effect, linked to the presentation of the war as a spectacle. Los grandes consumptives de esas fotos eran personas que, resguardados en sitios de relativa paz, disfrutaban visualmente la masacre. La pregunta basica, que hacía Sontag a Woolf, podría repetitse frente a los retratos de Zelenski y su esposa, taken por el lebovitz de Leibovitz: ¿¿despiertan esas fotos solidaridad con Ukraina?

Yes No The ruins and the soldiers of Kiev, behind the illuminated faces of Volodímir and Olena, are the scene of the naturalization of the Ukrainian president in the western political class. More than images of victims of Russian imperialism, photos transmit security and comfort. The gesture of Leibovitz could be counterproductive: the photos do not speak of the destruction and death in the Ukrainian cities but of the legitimacy of Zelenski in the West.

This message, definitively, is favorable to Putin and his project of “erasing Ukraine from the map”, as Dmitri Medvedev said. Neither Ukraine’s incorporation into NATO, nor its accession to the European Union were tangible events before February 24, 2022. What decided the invasion, since much before that day, was the great obstacle to the invasion. al control de esa nación desde el Kremlin

This message, definitively, is favorable to Putin and his project of “erasing Ukraine from the map”, as Dmitri Medvedev said. Neither Ukraine’s incorporation into NATO, nor its accession to the European Union were tangible events before February 24, 2022. What decided the invasion, since much before that day, was the great obstacle to the invasion. al control de esa nación desde el Kremlin, que siempre la ha considerado “suya”, “de Rusia”.

Zelenski has led a more solid resistance than expected, in good measure, because initially he combined the request for aid to the West with certain exterior autonomy and a disposition to dialogue to put the a. The support of the Nordic countries, the incorporation of Sweden and Finland into NATO and the difficult concertation of positions in the European Union advanced thanks to this initial attitude, which attracted very diverse support.

Ahora el caricaturesco pro-occidentalismo del ledidoza ucraniano conspira en su contra. The war of attrition continues, it intensifies and Putin is apostando, precisely, a que merme the international credit of Zelenski. Some signs of concentration of power in Kiev are used, cynically, from the Kremlin, to advance this discredit. Estas fotos caen en el terreno fertil de la maquinaria propagandística rusa, que precisely busca que el dolor de los demás no gire a favor de Ukraina.