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Blowup: Every Artist, A Journalist 2011 by Alfredo Cramerotti

Blowup: Every Artist, A Journalist  2011

talk, seminar, debate

This edition of Blowup examined the tension between documentary methods and artistic expression, and address where notions of truth and beauty fit in this mix. - - - - - With Lino Hellings (NL), Alfredo Cramerotti (UK), Gair Dunlop (UK). Moderated by Michelle Kasprzak, V2_ Curator. - - - - - LInks: - - - - Documentary images are a common method to measure and reflect on the monumental scale of change occurring in contemporary society. These images are also highly aestheticised, making beauty even of images of the most desolate slum or industrialised landscape. As a crossover point between art and journalism, the documentary image also allows us to question the veracity of world events from multiple viewpoints, often offering multiple uncomfortable realities instead of a single, easily-digestible worldview. In an era of a massive data onslaught that individuals struggle to cope with, the documentary image continues to offer us a human face on information, sometimes elegantly summarising a complex situation. But what balance needs to be struck between honest portrayals of reality and artistic license?