Absence Of Subject by Michael Somoroff at The Encuentros Abiertos in Buenos Aires, Argentina
ABSENCE OF SUBJECT
AUGUST SANDER – MICHAEL SOMOROFF
ENCUENTROS ABIERTOS FESTIVAL DE LA LUZ
Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Encuentros Abiertos – Festival de La Luz presents Michael Somoroff’s homage to August Sander’s monumental photographic work titled People of the 20th Century. Seemingly simple at first, Absence of Subject is a complex elliptical ambitious work comprised of forty photographs and seven animations as well as forty August Sander original photographs. Here is a conceptual artist using photography as a communicator contemplating the relationship between Photography and Truth.
Ever since the medium was first invented, photography’s relationship with the real world has been as perplexing as it is fascinating. Far more than a medium such as painting, photography was supposed to have a certain level of truth. We know that Sander’s subjects are fixed. Anne Wilkes Tucker has noted that «only his single observation of each subject exists for us; frozen in stance and situation.» In recent decades, in particular, the idea has taken root that truth and reality are ambiguous concepts in photography. Somoroff explores this notion.
The digital revolution has brought the unprecedented potential for manipulation into focus. Through the use of software Somoroff has taken out what we have always believed to be the «essential element» – the subject, the portrait. The backgrounds, once a secondary fragment, now become the primary motivator. They have now been translated into new fully conceived images that rightfully belong to the «post modern» idiom.
These works dwell in the poetry of stillness forcing the viewer to go beyond the work and reflect upon himself.
Left: Circus Workers, 1926-1932 © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK-Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Koln – VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn, 2011
Right: Circus Workers, 2007 © Michael Somoroff
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