‘TOO GRAPHIC TO IGNORE’

photo: Palestinian mourners carry the body of eight-month-old Palestinian baby Leila Anwar Ghandoour, who died from tear gas inhalation in Gaza City on 15 May 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency] As of Sunday, a succession of events has once again reanimated a question that often comes to mind, namely: what would make me go into exile? Throughout…

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Photography and Feminism (here we go again)

If there’s one thing different kinds of feminism can agree upon is their will to “empower women”. But, that’s it; once we get started on the meaning of that “empowerment” the apparent cohesion starts to fall apart. Some co-called feminists think about themselves in such a way because they applaud and promote women’s confidence towards their…

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≡ My two passions ≡

© Ana Teresa Barboza, Untitled (?). Images via ArtNau. A friend called my attention to Ana Teresa Barboza‘s work (Lima, Peru, 1981). A good friend, I should say, for she knows how I’m drawn to mixed techniques applied to photography, specially when it involves some sort of sewing. Ana Teresa’s work is anything but simple, though…

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٠ ‘one becomes what one is by overcoming the wish to be that which one is not’ ٠

© Coke Wisdom O’Neal, Jessica Sue Layton, from the series The Box (Manhattan), 2005 © Coke Wisdom O’Neal, Chris and Mike O’Neal, from the series The Box (Manhattan), 2005 SARTRE’S MAP OF AUTHENTICITY BAD FAITH GOOD FAITH OPPRESSION CITY OF ENDS HARMONIOUS GROUP SELF-AWARENESS REFLECTIVE LIFE SPONTANEOUS LIFE TRANSCENDENT EGO INTENTIONALITY SELF-ORIGINATING SELF-DETERMINING INTROSPECTION ONE’S…

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٠ ‘the real dictatorship of the anyone’ that swallows the authentic Self ٠

© Gregory Michael Hernandez, Circular Mound Altar, Temple of Heaven, Beijing, from The Captive Universe (current work) © Gregory Michael Hernandez, Circular Mound Altar in Beijing , from The Captive Universe (current work) AN HEIDEGGERIAN MAP OF AUTHENTICITY DASEIN MINENESS OWNNESS HOMECOMING STATIC PASSIVITY GUILT ANXIETY COURAGE ONTIC ENTITY ALIENATION EVERYDAYNESS POSSIBILITIES SOLICITUDE FAMILIARITY SELF-BETRAYAL…

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┐ Eric Rondepierre └

© Eric Rondepierre, Couple, passant, 1996-98 © Eric Rondepierre, Confidence, 1996-98 © Eric Rondepierre, Le Voyeur, 1996-98 “That impossible photogram, as Roland Barthes said. An object which is not (even) an object, but at the same time is actually two objects. It doesn’t (really) belong to the cinema or (simply) to photography ; it is…

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┐ Christian Boltanski – death from within └

© Christian Boltanski, Odessa Monument, 1991. Four gelatin silver prints, lights and wiring “Since the late 1960s, Christian Boltanski (b. 1944, Paris) has worked with photographs collected from ordinary and often ephemeral sources, endowing the commonplace with significance. Rather than taking original photographs to use in his installations, he often finds and rephotographs everyday documents—passport…

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