Violence in Residence

Violence in Residence

The photographs were taken in the summer of 2015 in Mödling/Austria.

At a first glance, these damaged windows that have partially been sprayed with paint could easily suggest an act of mindless vandalism. However, in a period of growing discontent within the European Union, this might just as well be interpreted as a manifestation of underlying social problems.*

Captured with a photographic lense the scene reveals an unexpected beauty to our eyes. Cutouts and enlargements provoking an amazing transformational process.

The observer's mind is free to wander and reconstruct symbols or even mataphors out of the patterns, structures and flares produced by the sun shining at the broken glass.

No matter what ideas one is coming up with, in every single case a transformational process occurs as soon as the outer (real) world is captured and presented - and more often than not processed - by digital media, thusly being detached from its natural environment and its original context. This inevitably leads us to the question, "What exactly is truth?", and consequently, "Is it possible at all to convey it via the mass media?"

If this question were answered with NO (which surely would be the case, given we applied strictly logical criteria), what would be the consequences concerning our perception of the world which we mostly know from the media? How fragile and biased is our conception of the world really? As fragile as glass, perhaps?

Bearing all this in mind it can easily be seen that we must be very very careful with our judgement, especially in conflictual situations where our only information is supplied exclusively by the mass media.


* Some wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine …) and the resulting influx of refugees plus several financial crises (Lehmanbrothers, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Portugal …) are not only causing uncertainty but have eqaully become a serious threat to European prosperity.

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Daniël Stragier
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