Answer an Image
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Answer an Image


Is it possible to fulfil a (seemingly anachronic) desire for seeking beauty through its “distortion”? Can a wounded body be depicted as victorious? Who is imitated by “a portrait” of a biblical or mythological character? In what way can a subject be reflected in a used, worn-down thing? And, consequently, in what way is a photograph related to a subject and its particular story? Does it conserve it indefinitely or does it give it some extended “life after life”? What is the place of emptiness in a photographic image and what can be retrieved in it? Is it possible to visualize the sacred through the remains of things that a photograph rips from deterioration caused by time? The work of the photographer Ivan Pinkava is full of questions that are simultaneously the beginnings of answers.


Key words

Beauty, pain, time, physicality, face, thing, sacral, genre, exposition


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PINKAVA, I.: Answer an Image. In European Journal of Media, Art and Photography, 2020, Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 6-35, ISSN 1339-4940.