perceiving the photography: a conversation at the exhibition
3.9.2020, 6.30 pm
Сourtyard, Center for Urban History
In the modern world, photography is the most reproduced kind of media. Photographs have long been shaping us as humans and as subjects of various ideologies. Back in the ХІХ century, historians and theoreticians developed the entire morphology of photography. For instance, they identified artistic and technical or documentary photos. However, we can still hear some discussions about whether the technically produced image can be considered as art. Is there any ontology in what we describe as "art photography"? Can a documentary photography also become a piece of art? For many critics, the questions have long lost their relevance, and they do not see any more sense in using the term of "art photography." According to Arthur Danto, the ХХ century transformed all art into theory. That is why any distinction between the world of art and the world of media have grown outdated. However, we still need to talk about the complicated relations between the photography and the world of arts.
We invited the speakers to answer different questions, such as whether artists are making use photos, or whether they are thinking through photography? Do a painting and a photograph deserve the same attention from museums? Why is photography always cheaper than painting?
This meeting is a continuation of a series of talks at the exhibition-as-research of the Vil' Furgalo photo archive – the processing. There, together with curators, photographers, art experts, and artists, we shall reflect upon photography-related topics, about its shift "from film to digital," how the materiality is changing in this process, and how the value of photography is changing, and what the role of the archives are.
Participants of the talk:
For more information, please, feel free to contact Viktoriia Panas, a member of the curator team for the "processing" exhibition, a coordinator of public history programs at the Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cover Image: Vil' Furgalo Collection // Urban Media Archive
Image Gallery: Iryna Sereda