In Praise of Multiplicity: Pluralism and Contemporary Photographic Art Practices

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    Abstract

    This article examines the practice and theory of complex, multi-layered photographic images in contemporary art. Methods of working in which photographers use the medium to explore variously memory, identity and time in images are examined, and a philosophical case is made for the mandate of plurality as a starting point for art practice, as well as the teaching of art and design. Images that beckon with implicit references are examined and compared, with implications for ‘reading’ multi-layered images. Given the attention to the Other in contemporary thought and culture, the multifaceted adoption of difference and attunement to multiculturalism suggests that perhaps multiplicity as an imaging technique – rather than single perspectives – is appropriate as an artistic device for our times.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-147
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Visual Art Practice
    Volume12
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013

    Keywords

    • multiplicity, photography, ccontemporary art practice
    • Photography
    • Multiplicities
    • Philosophy of praxis

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