‘Pictures of atrocity’ and ‘Pornographic imagery’, a conversation with Alfredo Jaar

Still regarding the fires in Portugal and the choices made by the media, a well known Portuguese historian, Pacheco Pereira, said overall the journalists had entered into a sort of “pain masturbation”. In cases of tragedy, where human drama in … Continue reading ‘Pictures of atrocity’ and ‘Pornographic imagery’, a conversation with Alfredo Jaar

How Souvid Datta’s unethical behavior is exposing photojournalism’s lack of ethics

For me, it all started last Monday, when I came across a post, by BENJAMIN CHESTERTON, entitled LENSCULTURE AND THE COMMODIFICATION OF RAPE, in which the author addressed a photo-contest created by Magnum Photos and LensCulture. The core of the problem was, … Continue reading How Souvid Datta’s unethical behavior is exposing photojournalism’s lack of ethics

٠ Israel, the first fur free nation? Yes, you’re allowed to laugh about the irony ٠

Hester Vlamings, in Amsterdam’s Fur Free Exhibition, 2011 Fur free events took place this past Friday worldwide. The video below is from a “performance” (aka bleeding fashion event) that took place in Tel-Aviv. During the rally, people used slogans such … Continue reading ٠ Israel, the first fur free nation? Yes, you’re allowed to laugh about the irony ٠

٠ The dogness of the dog ٠

This came about because of the hype around Bodhi, a 4 year old shiba inu that is the star of Menswear Dog. Yes, at first it looks innocente, the dog is cute in his humanoid outfits and human-like features, posing like a model, almost flirting with the camera. But then, as you look closer and as the american marketing machine comes into play, something uncanny is revealed. Might it be that as they are trading the dog’s value as a model for men’s clothes, they are giving away the dogness of the dog? Saussure advocates a synchronic approach to language … Continue reading ٠ The dogness of the dog ٠

٠ Botched Taxidermy – ‘artists’ using animals ٠

Miguel Suarez, Chicken-Killing Performance, Alberta, Canada, 2013. More about it here How does the animal function as a kind of tool for allowing humans to think through their own identities? It seems that a lot of artists you’re writing about are trying to envision a very far-out point in the dispersal of fixed identities, to the point at which identities disappear. There are several points that are raised there. In terms of moving beyond identities, I think you’re right in saying that there doesn’t appear to be a fixed point towards which one could move. Certainly the way in which, … Continue reading ٠ Botched Taxidermy – ‘artists’ using animals ٠

┐ when a cause turns into thoughtless hypocrisy* └

© Tinkebell, Brutus with Idiot, photo printed as a poster, made in collaboration with Mirjam Muller, with special thanks to the idiots © Tinkebell, Her name is Sarah, performance (the animal is used as a commodity article: as part of an individuals carefully build image and ego, rather then being acknowledged as a being with own needs and characteristics.) © Tinkebell, Saving a Broiler, installation (Saving the broiler was part of an installation in which the animal of just a few weeks old got the most perfect habitat the artist could think of.) © The Idiots, DON’T WORRY WE’LL STRAIGHTEN … Continue reading ┐ when a cause turns into thoughtless hypocrisy* └