Arts-Based Research (#4)

Off Shana’s Teaching Activity.

I was specially interested in the discussion surrounding Walker Evans’ photographs and whether or not they could be understood much more as propaganda than art/research/documentation.

Honestly I am not sure if all three possibilities are really that far away from each other. Is it a matter of impact? of process? of ethics?

Likewise, I recently read and heard about this picture

The discussion centered around whether or not the cannon bals had been placed; it seems that this “fact” could somehow change the value of the image.
Personally I feel that the very act of snapping a picture implies some sort of staging, a mediated abstraction that reveals and responds to personal and political agendas that have very little to do with factual reality.
Of course, now the question must center on research itself…

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