comes in a black box with 2 books
Hate is and Isolation
Dogwalk Books, 2017
Text: Jørgen Dehs
Design: Tina Enghoff
80 pages, 45 photographs
13 cm x 20 cm
Forlaget Vandkunsten, 2017
Excerpt from the text by Philosopher Jørgen Dehs:
(...)Pictures and Places
On an everyday basis photographing can be seen as the unrestrained production of private ‘memorials’, i.e. less directed at using photography to create portraits or documentation, even though neither are entirely absent from our pictures of family gatherings, holidays or selfies. There are also grounds for calling the photographs in this book memorials, but not because they depict a memorable moment. The moment, which those affected can have every reason to want to forget, is not present. Yet the images are not part of this need to erase: They represent a clear antidote to forgetting.
The images are not horrifying. They show neither victims, perpetrators, nor the nature of the crime. They simply present places in Denmark where a hate crime has been committed. The images are thereby about something that has taken place, but what has taken place is not in the images. Since the 1700s ‘the pregnant moment’ has been key to the focus of visual art when depicting movement and action. It has also been a dominant demand made of documentary photography. Here the concept is homeless. There is nothing decisive or privileged about the places we see in the book.
They are places that at first glance do not appear as eligible to be isolated and preserved as an image. They are more like the places we pass without noticing, unless they are part of our life history or places we know something specific about. The latter is the case here. The most significant thing about the images is not what we see, but our awareness that something that affects and repels us has taken place precisely here. More than anything else, the anonymity of these crime scenes more than suggests that what happened here can happen anywhere, at any time. What we see is dominated by what we do not see.(...)
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