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Mulvey on the Figure of the Woman

“Woman then stands in patriarchal culture as signifier for the male other, bound by a symbolic over in which man can live out his phantasies and obsessions through linguistic command by imposing them on the silent image of woman still… Continue reading

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Williams on Williams

“The art world is one of the few public areas that allow for speculative thought or slowed down vision. The camera, the gallery, the museum, the play between language and images, are all part of a workshop to make things… Continue reading

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One off: Collier Schorr.

Craig Garrett: Earlier you asked me whether I thought your photos looked “too gay.” Having always focused on the feminist angle of your work — and, specifically, how decoding masculine poses might be relevant for a lesbian — I confess… Continue reading

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Kozloff on the Camera and culture

“Without asking so much as the viewer’s leave, photographers have deprogrammed the genres and tossed media in a juggle of unexpected meanings. They remind us, if only by contrast, of how often our understanding of photographs originates on the basis… Continue reading

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Cadava on the Photograph, Ruin & Time

“There can be no image that is not about destruction and survival, and this is especially the case in the image of ruin. We might even say that the image of ruin tells us what is true of every image:… Continue reading

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Duchamp on Photography

“photography is not limited to the role of copyist. It is a marvellous explorer of those aspects that our retina never records, and that, every day, inflict such cruel contradictions on the adorers of familiar visions that are so few,… Continue reading

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Proulx on the Landscape

“Landscape for me is geography, geology, archaeology, agronomy, agriculture, the violent character of the atmosphere, black squirrels and wild oats, bulldozers. It is jet trails and barbed wire, government land, malpais, dry stream beds, it is politics, desert plant robbers,… Continue reading

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Lauwaert on Braeckman

“Braeckman’s black lies deep in the paper. It does not signify black: it is black. Black matter. Here, black is not a word, but substance, unformed, unstructured, escaping language, escaping meaning. This is no significant, figurative black (indicating that “it… Continue reading

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Higgie on the Faceless Woman

“She turns her back on you; this, it would seem, is her appeal. She’s been painted like this for centuries, and, more recently, photographed. Often she is naked, in a bathroom or bedroom, solitary, sleeping or day-dreaming, or at a… Continue reading

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Butler on Bodies and Power

“There appears to be a law of truth, part of the workings of the regime of knowledge, which imposes a truth upon a subject for whom there is no choice but to recognize this law of truth. But why is… Continue reading

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