The authentic artist

“The authentic artist doesn’t exist outside the artwork. The authentic artist enters the artwork and he stays inside, in the path it [the artwork] opens. The authentic artist doesn’t separate from the work, he has no identity as an artist. We cannot enter the artwork and disappear, but we must know the artist has entered…

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What is style?

I miss the sort of stable relationship I used to have with nihilsentimentalgia. I love it here, but doing a doctorate has managed to mess with everything that’s dear to me. My closest family is still tolerating the commitment-turned-obsession, but I myself am close to reaching the point of not being able to hear me…

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From image to icon (in 1988)

Once again inspired by Emmanuel Taïeb I went back in time because of a documentary – Milli Vanilli : du hit à la honte, directed by Oliver Schwehm – that tells the story of an European boys band that hit the American charts in 1988, rapidly falling into tragedy. The short story is that Milli…

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Photographers as Enterprises: McCurry vs Mapplethorpe

While there’s little in McCurry’s work that I appreciate, I love Mapplethorpe’s work. so why bring them together? Recently, due to McCurry‘s huge exibition at Le Venaria Reale,  in Italy, a discussion arouse about “his” use of Photoshop. The story is as follows: while visiting the exhibition, photographer Paolo Viglione noticed something odd in one…

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Have you seen this?

I confess: as soon as I heard about this project I was sold. The history is so special, so out of the ordinary, that it would be impossible for whatever projects that went in contact with it not to acquire some of that originality, depth and playfulness. The Wolfpack, i.e., the Crystal Moselle‘s documentary, follows…

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Let them be

This is a very brief post, to mark the date, not that I like to celebrate institutionalized dates (they tend to serve material aims, more than spiritual ones), but the 8th of March is to be remembered. Do we need to go around celebrating women and bringing them roses? Gosh, no! But it’s important to…

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Do they know of Salazar?

April, 2015: Público, a daily newspaper, published an article by author Vítor Belanciano entitled Esqueçam as grandes marcas, o verdadeiro luxo é a autenticidade (“Forget the big brand, the real luxury is authenticity”), following a conference organized by Monocle, which brought together, in Lisbon, an elite of market groupies from all over the world, ready…

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≡ True color thinking ≡

For the past 4 years, in collaboration with two colleagues – Luis Pavão & Paula Lourenço -, I’ve been teaching Alternative Processes in Photography. One of the courses we used to teach was dedicated to Color Printing Processes, which I particularly enjoyed. About two years ago I decided to tattoo the color scheme on my…

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≡ on lockdown to countdown ≡

sketch for a cocoon This is it for a while. I’ll be absent for the next 4 months. At least, I imagine so. As much as I would want to keep up the posts, it’s becoming too difficult. In November I’ll be handing in my PhD thesis, so my Summer will be spent in total…

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≡ about men ≡

© Sam Taylor-Johnson, Steve Buscemi, from the series Crying Men. Excerpts from the article Masculinity Is Killing Men: The Roots of Men and Trauma, by Kali Holloway, fully available @ alternet.org: If we are honest with ourselves, we have long known that masculinity kills men, in ways both myriad and measurable. While social constructions of…

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≡ Art produced by men about men (?) ≡

Exhibition catalog, 110 × 165 mm, 272 pages, October 2013. A post about a group exhibition themed The Weak Sex – How Art Pictures the New Male, held @ Kunstmuseum Bern from 18.10.2013 to 09.02.2014. © Alexis Hunter, Approach to Fear: XVII: Masculinisation of Society – exorcise 1977. Excerpt from Preface and Acknowledgments Matthias Frehner, Director…

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≡ This Friday, while cleaning up my bookmarks ≡

I Lensmen‘s post about documentary photographer Mitch Epstein. © Mitch Epstein, Topanga Canyon, California 1974 (Recreation America). © Mitch Epstein, Playing Cards in a Chicken Market, Hanoi, Vietnam 1993 (Vietnam: A Book of Changes). II doc! photo magazine doc! photo magazine and contra doc! are online publications devoted to documentary and fine art photography, respectively. III…

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≡ Brendan Ko: I must really love this ≡

© Brendan George Ko, Nine eleven (Detection), from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, Hoodlumz (New Tribe), from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, United, from the series We Soon Be Night, 2011-13. © Brendan George Ko, Product Placement (Malthusian Catastrophe), from the series We…

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≡ No room à l’hasard ≡

Excerpts of Brendan Cormiers’s essay No Interest in Reality, written for The New Institute’s exhibition, 1:1 Sets for Erwin Olaf and Bekleidung, Nov 11th 2013 – March 30th 2014. Full text here. “In the documentary, On Beauty and Fall, celebrated Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf states that he has no interest in reality. He laments the…

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