The End of the Index Logic

Exhibition / LF-UCO grant

This project was produced as the result of the LF-UCO international contemporary photograph grant (held by La Fragua Residency Artits and Cordoba University).The final series of works had been grouped under the title The end of the Index logic, into an exhibition that explores the relationship on digital image, between the index character of photography and how we experience art today.

This project comes from the study of the text by Rossalind Krauss “Notes on the index” and questioned some of her theses. Though the three artworks apparently are visualy eclectic, all of them have several things in common. First of all, they all spring from images generated with mobile phone cameras, which means two things: they all come from everyday experiences, so there is a certain lack of premeditation on them. And it also represents, that all of them share an amateur appearance: they are a kind of secular image, common images that could have been taken by anyone.

Secondly, this three artworks are visual errors, because photography or video did not record properly the subject that was there. So, on I see the darkness, the camera is unable to photograph the dark of night. On Nothing is what it is, take a picture of neon lights becomes an impossible task, where the final image is full of flickers and color changes. And finally on Interpretation Issues, reproduce a catalog of Dan Flavin, becomes impossible because the library lights interfere, distorting images and texts.

Finally, in these three artworks, beyond an amateur appearance, beyond the idea of failure, all images are making a reference to some artistic movements like minimal art or abstract painting. This reference, brings us a discourse related to art and its relationship with photography. About the way that photographic images interfere on our aesthetic experiences.

Thus, all these failed files, give us a second Reading. Beyond being dysfunctional images, if we are willing to read and reflect on them, we will see how they are able, to question the “logic of the index”. And allow us to enjoy symbolic values and meanings that are beyond the signs; senses that escape from the references; unreadable images that tell us about the absence of language and also about its presence.

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