Fotograf Magazine

#22 Image and text

The topics of photography and text have been intersecting for a long time. In our conscience this combination is likely most markedly registered in the Avant-Garde period, when artists attempting to achieve a new provocative connection drew upon it. These were mainly Dadaist and Surrealist movements, who were looking to change the perception of photography as a decorative, or perhaps mimetic, art form. They fully took advantage of the pioneering options that the joining of photographs with Dadaist plays on words afforded them. One of the initial resources for the named connection was the field of advertisement, posters and other print formats, where image and text automatically co-existed. This originally commercial strategy became the subject of new quotes and interpretations mainly with the rise of the Post-moderns and of conceptual art in the second half of the 20th century. Another frequently used approach was the creation of image diaries that guide viewers through the history of photography from its beginnings. It initially experienced a huge boom with the development of automation of photography and then mainly through digitalization in recent years. Last but not least, not long ago created new media, namely video, internet, mobile phones, etc., also played a role in creating new forms of combining photographs and text.  All this led to new, completely unexpected forms.

#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Jiří Valoch

[ref]Text: Slovo jako slovo / Word as Word is used in Valoch’s own typescript of A4 size,Malá pocta Bohumile Grögerové / A Small Ode to Bohumila Grögerová, 1982.[/ref] From the start of Valoch’s active existence in the art world, his work has been inseparably tied to curatorial and theoretical activities; one de facto creates the other…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Rudolf Sikora

The starting point for minor observation and brief contemplation of the nature of Rudolf Sikora’s (1946) work could in fact be his self- portrait called, Ne! Ne! Ano? / No! No! Yes? (1980)

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Stephen Willats

In 2011, several artists and architects were invited by Hans Ulrich Obrist to meet at a round table discussion at Art Basel, on the subject of “The Artist as Urban Planner.” Over the course of the last decade, similar gatherings of eminent curators, critics and others working in the field of culture have become an almost mandatory part of art fairs, a sort of veneer of theory serving to veil the basic nature of the art business, the purpose of every “art festival…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Shannon Ebner

The premise of the work of American artist Shannon Ebner is not based on Ed Ruscha, as was often noted, but rather on an interpretation of it by Yves-Alain Bois, presented in the early 1990s.[ref]Yves-Alain Bois, “Thermometers Should Last Forever”, in: Edward Ruscha: Romance with Liquids, Paintings 1966–1969, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc, 1993…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Roman Pyatkovka

In the Enlightenment Era, a considerable influence on present-day reality, European thought imagined the body as an orderly, structured biological machine. The concept of the body has since undergone cardinal changes, even to the point of conceptualizing it as hollow, its surface coated with skin (“body without organs”)…

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#22 Image and Text — Profiles

Audun Mortensen

”If you were a conceptual artist in the late nineteen-sixties and early nineteen-seventies, it scarcely mattered what you did, as long as it wasn’t much, and you documented it,” critic Peter Schjeldahl once said…

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