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Photography and Community: Towards Communication

Author(s): Tomas Pabedinskas
Subject(s): Photography, Aesthetics, Social Philosophy, Theory of Communication, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: photography; community; subcultures; social exclusion; communication;

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes community-related creative projects by Lithuanian authors, in which photography performs not the usual representative function but a communicative function. These projects are discussed using the theoretical insights of French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. Nancy’s insights deny the possibility of the immanent community uniting already existing subjects. Rather, in Nancy’s model. The community is established by communication and the “being-in-common” itself. This theoretical perspective reveals the significance of community-related projects and the use of photography in them for initiating (mediated) communication between different social groups and for creating preconditions for “being-in-common” and herewith – for social change. Further questions about the long-term effects on communities and society made by the socially engaged projects and the character of established social relations are also raised in the article, which can become the guidelines for further research.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 83
  • Page Range: 148-156
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Lithuanian