“Pragmatikotites kai Pithanotites: To Authentiko Plasto? Anaparastaseis tou Pragmatikou se Fotografikes Istories” (Realities and Plausibilities: The Authentic fake? Representations of the Real in Photographic Histories)

Moschovi, Alexandra (2013) “Pragmatikotites kai Pithanotites: To Authentiko Plasto? Anaparastaseis tou Pragmatikou se Fotografikes Istories” (Realities and Plausibilities: The Authentic fake? Representations of the Real in Photographic Histories). In: I Elleniki Fotografia ke i Fotografia stin Ellada: An Anthology of Texts (Hellenic Photography and Photography in Greece: An Anthology of Texts). Nefeli Publishing / Museum of Photography Thessaloniki. (In Press)

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Abstract

This essay was originally written in English as the introduction to the exhibition catalogue Realities and Plausibilities: Re-enacting Realism in Contemporary Photographic Art (Galerie Xippas, Athens, 2009). Based on the presupposition that nowadays the real has become elastic, both in physical and conceptual terms, the exhibition examined the ideological premises of realism and its re-enactment in contemporary photographic art through recent and unpublished photographic work of eleven international artists of Hellenic descent. The essay contextualizes the curatorial choices examining the historical and conceptual premises of photographic realism and how the blurring of the boundaries between snatching, reconstructing or even simulating the real has acquired novel currency within the wider realm of the visual arts. The text claims that these practices introduce a new type of consciousness about photography as a mode of representation, liberating the photograph from the once singular relationship to its referent (the Barthesian “having-been-there” condition) and the presumption of the “moral righteousness” accrued to the “unmediated” real.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photography, visual arts, digital imaging, directorial mode, mise-en-scène, realism, theatricality, vraisemblance, hyperreality, simulacra.
Subjects: Fine Art > Curating
Fine Art > Art History
Photography > Digital Imaging
Photography > Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts Design and Media > Department of Arts and Design
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Depositing User: Alexandra Moschovi
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 13:49
Last Modified: 09 May 2013 13:49
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/3767

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