Use readily available images to make a short narrative series of 4 – 6 collages based on a recent or contemporary news event.
The following collages reflect my take on recent news items which cover the recent Syrian refugee crisis. There is no intention to belittle the plight of the refugees. My intention is to highlight what I have learned from my recent reading which is the following:
- The aim of my work is, through illusion, to reflect political disillusionment.
- In forming interpretations of certain images, we use the context of the whole to suggest possible interpretations of the parts.
- The fragmented picture makes clear that the picture is an aesthetic artefact: it is subjective, partial & heterogeneous (Burger)
- Disempowerment of individuals through government policies.
- I see this as my visual form of protest.
- These are images I have made & not taken.
- The images are inescapable from the cultural context I have chosen to give them.
- My images represent conflated events which have, by virtue of their new combined placements, created a subsequent imagined event.
- The meaning it produces is derived from the context within which it is presented and received.
- There can never be one final definitive interpretation of these images because their meaning is altered with each new audience and from the network of relations around it.
- I endorsee Brigit Doherty’s view that ‘montage is a violent vivisection’. (Link 6)
- The images represent an interplay between truth and hallucination, human nature and history, while they remain simultaneously in political consciousness.
I have written the following poem on the refugee crisis:
Oblivion calls the smart, bright orange death jackets
crammed in their thousands in RIBs fit for few.
From the seas, their serial numbers morph
into disembodied numbers
pushing swirls of colourful arrows
up and up and round and round
of rich, utopian Europe,
illustrating their flight and opening
barren debate after barren debate
by the Group of 8, G10, G12, G18, G22, G24 ….
In their race they smash and crash into
real enough to cling to,
ambiguous enough to bring sharp focus to
their dystopian oblivion.
Mitchell,W.J.: The Reconfigured Eye : Visual Truth in the Post Photographic Era. MIT.Press