Reality and fiction. A dialogue that has always been at the heart of art. From Plato’s cave to postmodernism, reality is that which offers ideas to feed the imagination, but in turn, it is imagination - human culture - that is capable of shaping and transforming reality, and in so doing, it makes reality equal to itself.
When art felt strong – the breath of God, the romantic spirit of esthete or political movements that changed the world - art considered itself superior to reality. In today’s world, when art is controlled by weak thought, it turns itself into a grotesque game that reveals the infinite, irreducible, contradictory features of truth.
What is truth? Is it the infinite and conflicting cultures of humankind? Is it the truth of the market? A virtual truth; a psychological one? Is there a different truth for each of the billions of humans on our plant; a truth for each atom, for the centre of the world?
Photography, among all the arts, is the first to use reality as an indispensable raw material. Yet it too is a fiction, generated by technical tools used to create and reproduce a perfect copy of what the eye sees: it inserts itself in to the hidden most corners of the tangible, to make it so true, so real, that it seems unreal. Besides which, who said that what our eyes see is reality? Who can tell us that it's not just a ‘Malignant Genius’ mocking us?
And then, if truth does not exist and if the artist has renounced understanding God, why then can the artist himself, - a person, anybody – not be the Genius who confuses the senses, who deals the cards, and who plays the pieces like in a puzzle - mixing the elements of our life?
Why not? The universe is like that Bourgeoisie sect that composed the Tlon encyclopedia. It is a realm that does not exist but makes the entire world equal to its own fantasy. Basking in this trickery, mocking those who fall for it.
Everything is possible, and it is the continuous creation of possible worlds which characterizes our contemporary one. Today, contemporary photography is a long way from being considered a mere representation of reality. It is an absolute protagonist because it breaks down reality: it reworks the past by imagining the future, and creates traces of an anti-reality, or rather a thousand other realities, simultaneously both true and false.
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