Photographs appear to work as mimesis, they look familiar with reality but on their surface, they represent differently. If we explore the world only on the surface of images, we can look through the windows of a different reality: we find other principles and connections than through our own sensorium.
Krystyna Bilak, Dávid Biró: MAKING SENSE
3 - 19. October, 2018
Photography works as prosthesis and extends the human sight but inherits its elemental characteristics. The imaging program limited with technical circumstances determines the quality of the captured photograph. Cameras study the world with limited capability.
“The photographic image is usually understood as either an object trouvé. a thing that the camera find in the world, or else as the product of a camera. In other words, a photograph is seen either as a replica of the world or else as an expression of the medium that created it, its boundaries defines by what technology accomplishes between the moment when the picture is snapped and the print produced.” - Hans Belting: An Anthropology of Images
However, the image does not state, the consciousness gains some meaning and considers the outcome of a technological program as well. This limitation offers some preconception to this technology expected as democratic: it distorts the scenery. The patterns of distortion overrule our sense and the program of the apparatus dictates to our perception. So photography does not capture reality, it only represents how reality appears to its program.
text: Dávid Biró
exhibition photographs: Krystyna Bilak, Dávid Biró