Succinctly sketching each subject's character through cinematic means honed over the course of a career, Coutinho stages the interviews against a bare theatrical backdrop that decontextualizes
the women's lives almost to the point of abstraction.
Using bright primary colors which decontextualizes
the gravity of the assaults represented, monoprints such as "Rock" and "Retreat" are melancholy images of what we have witnessed, but unlike the real images, these are more aesthetically pleasing.
The film reinforces negative stereotypes about Arabs-Palestinians and decontextualizes
life in Ajami from the socio-political reality of Jewish apartheid and the historical realities of the Nakba and the ongoing occupation of Palestine.
Considering that alphabetic writing registers speech but not the speaker, by separating and distancing the "speech" from the speaker it therefore decontextualizes
the information or knowledge it purports to represent; for members of indigenous cultures such as the Kashinawa, alphabetic writing being incapable of marking differences of perspective in information or knowledge, is seen to be deeply lacking, given that knowledge registered alphabetically has no means of indicating its truth value.
This movement serves to amplify a distinct cultural episteme that decontextualizes
and reduces our important and complex work to disintegrate artifacts.
The narratives supplied to us by CNN and the daily press, premised on sensation and the kind of focus that magnifies and decontextualizes
, are not vehicle enough.
Tableaux vivants, circus motifs, and references to the occult as well as theater and dance pervade von Brandenburg's work, in which the artist typically isolates and decontextualizes
a pose or gesture from sources in literature, art, or history.