segunda-feira, abril 04, 2011

on different points of view

Way Station, (2001). Cédric Andrieux, Derry Swan. Photo by Tony Dougherty.

For Berger, ‘An image is a sight which has been recreated or reproduced... which has been detached from the place and time in which it first made its appearance...’ (p. 9 "Ways of Seeing"). This detachment can be great or small, but all images, including photographs, involve a way of seeing by the person who has created the image. Further, when we look at someone else’s image, our understanding of it depends on our way of seeing.
Berger argues that images were first made to represent something that was not there, and later acquired an extra level of meaning by lasting longer than the original subject. The image now showed how the subject had once looked to other people.
Later still, with the increasing consciousness of the individual, the image was recognised as the particular vision of a particular artist. Nothing else documents the past so well, and the more imaginative the work, the more we can understand the artist’s experience of the world. Unfortunately, when images from the past are presented as works of art, their meanings are obscured (mystified) by learnt assumptions such as beauty, truth, form etc.

 
Jérôme Bel's Cédric Andrieux, (2009). Cédric Andrieux.

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