urgent images

a visual essay by Manuel Vason

Image credits: Manuel Vason with the assistance of Niamh Kirby & Seren Maddock


I'm very honoured to have been commissioned by the Performing Borders Journal a visual essay. I took the opportunity to create a new series of work titled 'urgent images'. In my opinion what is urgent in these days is to question the influence of photography in our society and the friction between information and knowledge.

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Are the urgent images critical lenses that focus on the power of the visual in our society?

Is photography measuring the insanity of scientific truth? Does photography entail a performance of representation?

Is photography programming our imagination?

If the partial, the frontal and the superficial represent the dominant photographic perspective, how do I counteract?