⁞ Identities defined by stereotipied ideas of nationality ⁞

Street Level Photoworks‘ upcoming exhibition is called Common Ground: New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales and is promoted as a show that brings together “diverse themes and ideas associated with distinctive national and cultural visual inspiration, this collective exhibition … Continue reading ⁞ Identities defined by stereotipied ideas of nationality ⁞

٠ The political function of landscape-family photographs in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict ٠

© Gil Pasternak, Esther Pasternak, 1970s. Esther Pasternak collection of family photographs, 1946–99. Description: The defiant lion is a tombstone monument erected in 1932 to commemorate a group of eight Jewish pioneer settlers who, as the Israeli version of the … Continue reading ٠ The political function of landscape-family photographs in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict ٠

٠ The photo-finders as the inauthentic photographers ٠

Le Fabuleux album d’Amélie Poulain […] The photo-finders will refer to themselves as artists or curators, editors or collectors—often, as an unclassifiable mixture. Depending on their self-described status, the archives of found, anonymous photographs they produce will be labeled works … Continue reading ٠ The photo-finders as the inauthentic photographers ٠

٠ Groys, Grzesykowska & the anti-nominal identity ٠

© Aneta Grzeszykowska, Untitled (Portraits), 2005-2006 “Modern artists revolted against the identities imposed on them by others — by society, state, school, parents. They wanted the right of sovereign self-identification. Modern art was the search for the “true self.” Here the question is not whether the true self is real or merely a metaphysical fiction. The question of identity is not a question of truth but a question of power: Who has the power over my own identity — I myself or society? And more generally: Who has control over the social taxonomy, the social mechanisms of identification — I … Continue reading ٠ Groys, Grzesykowska & the anti-nominal identity ٠

┐ one little, two little, three little fingers, how many do we need to pull? └

You people who read this blog know that it is unusual for me to make a post about something that I don’t like or to make a negative and/or non constructive criticism (even if by sublimation) about something that I first choose to display. I will, for once (?), use this author’s images in order to make a point: that hyper-formal-aesthetic-overlyexplicit-inyourface-photography is not the way to go, unless you’re in a reality show. This really is what I find pornographic in a lot of phtography-based works today – there is no punctum! all photographs © Mustafa Sabbagh Mustafa’s site is … Continue reading ┐ one little, two little, three little fingers, how many do we need to pull? └