USING PHOTOGRAPHY WITH AN ARTISTIC STRATEGY TO REINFORCE ITS INQUISITIVE POWERS: THE THIN LINE

I INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON ART AND LANDSCAPE

Abstract
The Thin Line is a collective project of contemporary photography focused on the border between Portugal and Spain that combines a fictional and documentary artistic strategy in order to reinforce its political message and provoke the public to explore, with a new watchfulness and poetics, the multifaceted richness and contradictions that this territory of diverse places and cultures embodies, creating a kind of “Penthesea” along our borderline.
This work of documentary and artistic photography is a significant example of applying in photography Jacques Rancières ideas that art should aim to produce a new perception of the world. In fact fiction is helping this rich and diverse, eclectic body of work to reinforce its inquisitive vantage points focused on that territory and how it has been appropriated and is now lived. Thus, in between documentary and fiction, this photography project proves that it is possible to adopt an artistic strategy to go further away from a straightforward adherence to reality or the naive idea of photography as a document.
The Thin Line adopts, in fact, a post-modern engagement emphasizing abstract and optical qualities of the landscape, and man´s conflicting interference within these territories and in this process adopting a vision closer to certain formal concerns of contemporary landscape photography and art, which can be linked further back to the aesthetics called “New Topographics”25.
Finally, it can be said that The Thin Line is a significant answer towards our contemporary media spectacle driven society and culture, where too much uncritical Internet, imagery and spectacle sometimes seem to be the organizing principles of the everyday life.

Keywords: photography, documentary, artistic, architecture, territory

 

Pedro Leão Neto

School of Architecture, Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) - Center for Communication and Spatial Representation (CCRE) University of Porto pneto@arq.up.pt

 

Maria Neto

Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid - ETSAM,
Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) - Center for Communication and Spatial Representation (CCRE), School of Architecture, University of Porto maria.f.c.neto@gmail.com

 

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