Garnett, Meiselas and the Molotov man

In 2003, artist Joy Garnett created a work from a photograph she found online, a painting of a man with anger in his face and an explosive in his hand, seemingly about to launch it.  There are no clues as to the man’s cause in the painting, or no reference to its source.  When a gallery promoted this work as part of an exhibition in 2004, what ensued was a debate around the use of reportage photographs in art and a questioning of the importance of retaining context. Continue reading “Garnett, Meiselas and the Molotov man”