I was commissioned to write this a few years ago for the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava (and thank you to all the photo...
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Humanising the Subject/Aestheticizing the Mundane
pictures: Paul Graham
Some thoughts on portraiture from Paul Graham and Andres Serrano (from a very old 1991 interview ) that connect to the previous Vanessa Winship post and also on the aestheticisation of the mundane and the mundanitization (??) of the aesthetic.
“Look at this person, really look at this person, what do you see of them? Do you see your friends, your loved ones? If you see someone’s burden, then you have begun to share their burden. To observe life is to influence life. So, do you see their humanity? Do
you see yourself?” (Paul Graham, End of An Age, 1999)
"I am pulling at the form. My intent as an artist is to monumentalize or aestheticize the mundane. But it is also important that I identify with my subjects. The Klan people and the homeless are outcasts. I have always felt like an underdog; I root for the underdog."
Andres Serrano (1991)
full Serrano interview here