Thoroughly Post-Modern: Defining My Practice of Photography by Defining an Art Movement

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Thoroughly Post-Modern: Defining My Practice by Defining an Art Movement

As a young artist, recognising and being aware of your own photographic practice is extremely important; it allows you to understand the ways in which your work fits into the wider context of Art and the way in which your work functions to mean. I have been studying and practicing photography since I was sixteen years old, but it wasn’t until my university study commenced that my practice began to mature and evolve, and I began to feel more like an artist than I have ever felt. This evolution is largely due to an engagement with art theory and art criticism. Throughout my study, these enquiries have led to the realisation that as Post-Modernist art; my practice must consist of political and critical elements in order to be relevant to contemporary art practice. Post Modern Art belongs to the movement of post-modernism, a reaction against principles and practices established in Aesthetic Modernism and an evolution from Critical Modernism.

This essay will introduce my work to show you how my practice works and to demonstrate its placement within the Post-Modern. I will show, through the discussion of the photograph as Art, how artists and academics critiqued the paradigm of Modernism to such an extent that these discussions gave birth to art movements that would free art from its traditional medium specific conventions. These discussions were based on the socio-political responsibility that art could and should have, leading art to aspire to mean more than something purely visual. I believe that photographic art’s function is to be socially and critically aware, and, used to prompt discussion about personal, sociological and cultural politics. If images a...

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