Drawing on research carried out between 2006 and 2011, this article argues for the centrality of the ethnographic work in the investigation of the most innovative field for contemporary anthropology: visual culture. The original characteristics of the Gigli., a one hundred year-old feast encourages the author to think in visual anthropological terms, and to propose an hypothesis about the potential of the visual as a methodology and metaphor of anthropology. Based on concrete ethnographic examples, the article presents communal ritual practice through three visual dimensions: as a methodological and knowledge-producing practice of investigation, as the object and source of the research itself and, lastly, the visual document as a potential product of ethnography alongside the written text. Therefore this article will try to answer some questions in anthropological literature about visual apprenticeship and the methodological role of the participant observation.

“Is watching the feast making the feast? Visual language and practice in an ethnography”

BALLACCHINO K
2013

Abstract

Drawing on research carried out between 2006 and 2011, this article argues for the centrality of the ethnographic work in the investigation of the most innovative field for contemporary anthropology: visual culture. The original characteristics of the Gigli., a one hundred year-old feast encourages the author to think in visual anthropological terms, and to propose an hypothesis about the potential of the visual as a methodology and metaphor of anthropology. Based on concrete ethnographic examples, the article presents communal ritual practice through three visual dimensions: as a methodological and knowledge-producing practice of investigation, as the object and source of the research itself and, lastly, the visual document as a potential product of ethnography alongside the written text. Therefore this article will try to answer some questions in anthropological literature about visual apprenticeship and the methodological role of the participant observation.
À partir des enquêtes de terrain menées entre 2006 et 2011, cet article défend l’importance du travail ethnographique au sein d’un des champs disciplinaires les plus innovants en anthropologie du contemporain : la culture visuelle. Les caractéristiques premières du rituel Gligli, fête existant depuis une centaine d’années, permettent à l’auteur de concevoir une pensée visuelle et anthropologique et de proposer une hypothèse construite sur le potentiel du visuel comme méthode et métaphore du champ anthropologique. Fondé sur des exemples ethnographiques concrets, ce travail présente une pratique rituelle collective à partir de trois fonctions du visuel : une méthode et une pratique productrice de connaissance, un objet à l’origine de la recherche elle-même et enfin des documents visuels, productions ethnographiques potentielles qui accompagnent le texte écrit. Cette recherche tente de répondre à certaines des questions posées par les contributions anthropologiques de références concernant l’apprentissage de l’utilisation du visuel (de l’image) et l’observation participante comme méthode potentielle.
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