⁞ The complex task of seeing through Photography: a conversation with Isaac Pereira ⁞

all images © Isaac Pereira. Courtesy of the artist. This conversation took place in July 2014, over the virtual space that unites Macau and Lisboa. The original, portuguese version, of this conversation, can be seen HERE. Sofia: We’re having this … Continue reading ⁞ The complex task of seeing through Photography: a conversation with Isaac Pereira ⁞

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

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

٠ Mark (he is) King (maybe) ٠

© Mark King, from the series Plastic, 2011-12 © Mark King, from the series Plastic, 2011-12 © Mark King, from the series Plastic, 2011-12 “Back in January I was preparing for a screen printing artist in residency at the Frans Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium and wanted to go there with a new portrait project already started. One night I ended up shooting a few packs of medium format polaroids and really liked what I got. I later scanned the selects and added color to them in photoshop. The color palette and stoic characters created a new version of the … Continue reading ٠ Mark (he is) King (maybe) ٠

┐ The hard issue of innocence after Vinterberg └

In the last couple of months I’ve come across the issue of paedophilia for different reasons, all related to my research on art theory and artists’ work. It’s not an easy issue and I’ve found it very difficult to discuss with friends. This post comes about after watching the latest Vinterberg‘s movie The Hunt and feeling that I should try to bring together all those threads that have been on my mind for the last couple of days. There are no answers here, just loose thoughts. © Charming Baker, Stereotype Is In The Eye of The Beholder, 2008 It all … Continue reading ┐ The hard issue of innocence after Vinterberg └

┐ Ahmet Ögüt, Mind the System └

“I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.” -Malcolm X © Ahmet Ögüt, from the project Stones to throw, 2011 © Ahmet Ögüt, from the project Stones to throw, 2011 © Ahmet Ögüt,Strategic Diagram for Non-hierarchical Participatory Radical Democracy, 2011. In: Mind the System, Find the Gap More of Ahmet’s work here Continue reading ┐ Ahmet Ögüt, Mind the System └

┐ Michael Snow and the Photobook that can truely be called an Artist’s Book └

“The book — the first mass-produced object — raises a number of questions concerning its conception and distribution. What do we mean by the expression « artist’s book » ? Is Cover to Cover a book of reproductions of an artist’s « originals » or a hand-crafted book containing illustrations of texts, printed on quality paper, published in voluntarily limited édition ? Like many contemporary artists’ books, Snow’s volume doesn’t really correspond to either of thèse catégories, since the reproduction itself is the « original » art work. […] Thèse considérations are somewhat tempered by the fact that, in the … Continue reading ┐ Michael Snow and the Photobook that can truely be called an Artist’s Book └

┐ 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 more than a photograph yet less than a film. It is, therefore, a sort of axis or fold, the precise crossing point (punctum) between cinema and photography. Eminently paradoxical, the photogram is the touchstone of Eric Rondepierre’s work which is acutely conscious of the delicate … Continue reading ┐ Eric Rondepierre └

┐ 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 photographs, school portraits, newspaper pictures, and family albums—to memorialize everyday people. Boltanski seeks to create an art that is indistinguishable from life and has said, The fascinating moment for me is when the spectator hasn’t registered the art connection, and the longer I can delay … Continue reading ┐ Christian Boltanski – death from within └