“The passion for utilising and finding meaning in any national or personal trauma or catastrophe is perhaps one of the main driving forces of the human spirit”

I found this text from an exhibition called Catastrophe and the Power of Art held at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo earlier this year.  The exhibition included photography, for example the directly representational works of Naoya Hatakeyama, who photographed after earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku.  “It is as though the artists saw no point in altering perception since the catastrophe itself already provided the mediation between them and the normal state of things, the “real” life before the mess.  […] Continue reading ““The passion for utilising and finding meaning in any national or personal trauma or catastrophe is perhaps one of the main driving forces of the human spirit””

Penelope Umbrico: “a million other people are doing it as well”

The idea of repetition, that we are taking photographs, and more and more of them, which are similar to photographs which already exist, has been addressed by artists such as Penelope Umbrico, Kessels Kramer (In Almost Every Picture), John Stezaker, etc.  These artists have created projects which bring together photographs which are very similar to one another in approach, making a statement about aspects of photography such as repetition, originality and convention. Continue reading “Penelope Umbrico: “a million other people are doing it as well””