Artget Gallery, Belgrade: Obsession


19.07 – 14.08.2013

Authors presented at the exhibition: Aleksandra Perović Mihajlović, Bogdan Radenković, Marija Strajnić, Milica Balubdžić, Nemanja Knežević

Photographs suppress our critical awareness in order to make us forget the mindless absurdity of the process of functionality, and it is only thanks to this suppression that functionality is possible at all. Thus photographs form a magic circle around us in the shape of the photographic universe. What we need is to break this circle.
Vilém Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography

In these hectic and often crazy times, we find increasingly difficult to determine what we, as individuals, are truly obsessed with, and what is imposed as an obsession, in a broader social context, upon us.

Many of us use photography as a means that will help us at some point in future to resolve exactly those dilemmas.

We are often completely unaware of how much such a document means to us when we want to get some answers and understand various positions on people as well as on things. It is less important whether we take pictures of a dear person, landscapes, spaces where we are living or details that seem trivial and banal – observing these photographs, we come sooner or later to the point where we understand better our attitude towards the world.

On the other hand, there is an obsession with photography as such, where the very process of creating an image and “drifting” in various directions during it serves as a sort of therapy which we have recourse to, often unconsciously, in search for answers, but also in order to raise some issues we might not be inclined to raise in another way. In that case, it is not the most important what we have recorded, but the process itself is important.

Speaking of analogue photography, there is always that moment when many of those shots remain ”concealed” from us for a long time, although they have already done the job in our minds: we have relived them and thus completed one phase of the photographic process.
Photography can help us identify obsessions, because a potential key how to do it is probably somewhere on that long path between documenting, mapping and dissecting.
Flexibility of this medium lies in the fact that it allows us to determine by ourselves which of these phases is the most important to us in terms of introspection.

This group exhibition called Obsession represents an attempt to answer the question, via five different approaches, about what keeps intriguing us, first as human beings, then as photographers. Being obsessed with the art of photography is not enough to create an appealing and inspiring work of art. What makes each of these series unique is precisely that profound interest by the photographers at issue in some other, not so palpable subjects.

Nemanja Knežević, curator of the exhibition

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