This is a photograph by the internationally recognized theorist and cultural critic Jean Baudrillard. Impulsive and unplanned, this work depicts spaces and objects with punctured surfaces and confounding optics. Although in tension with his writing about art's waning aesthetic significance, Baudrillard's photography reverberates with his interest in the endless reproducibility of the image. His work is full of repetitions, conflicting reflections, transparencies and veils. Each photograph calls into question our understanding of reality—both in its content and its status as a reproduction.
The reverse side of this photograph offers equal insight into Baudrillard’s approach to photography. Although his work is printed uniquely, without editions or subsequent reproductions, Baudrillard signed the back of these works and annotated many of them with fictitious edition numbers. This was his own humorous way of contending with the conventions of photography as fine art. He found amusement in the suggestion that an artist can control the rarity or multiplicity of an image by implementing a system of editions.
Jean Baudrillard’s photographs are unplanned and impulsive, capturing incidental moments. They are filled with repetitions and reflections, depicting spaces and objects whose surfaces are punctured and whose optics are confounding. Baudrillard’s photos exist in tension with his writing about art’s waning importance; yet his work also reverberates with his claims that the photographic image stands for endless reproducibility—and thereby calls into question our understanding of reality.
This is a photograph by the internationally recognized theorist and cultural critic Jean Baudrillard. Impulsive and unplanned, this work depicts spaces and objects with punctured surfaces and confounding optics.More
- Framed: 12.5 x 17.1 x 1.5 in.
- Signed with intentionally erroneous edition note