Extimité ou le désir de s’exposer

[In French] Reality TV, personal webcam sites, and the more recent phenomenon of blogs are all platforms where individuals stage certain aspects of their intimacy. This issue deals with the theme of “extimité” from two distinct perspectives: on the one hand according to Serge Tisseron’s definition, that is to say as an intimacy that has been exteriorized and displayed with more or less reserve; on the other hand, on focusing instead on the showing of the self in the varying contexts of the self’s staging.

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As the basis for social organization and the primary site of socialization, the family has drawn particular attention in the visual arts since the inception of art history. As contemporary art seems well engaged in an examination of cultural practices, the family, in all its forms, is returning to the spotlight. Many artists today revisit family traditions, sites, and taboos, challenge what has been held as unspeakable by digging into archives, and invent new, intimate forms of sociability out of biographical experiences. This issue reflects on family histories as they are rewritten in contemporary art.