Ilir Butka, Curator
PHOTOGRAPHY “polluted” by ART
or ART “polluted” by PHOTOGRAPHY?
would like to define the
concept suggested by MARUBI 2003 as such.
I figuratively use the term “polluted” just to illustrate what the
history of the evolution of photography offered, obeying to the
tendency that every art has gone through.
If the photography only was the combination of two sciences, optics
and chemistry, in which the first one offers the instruments for the
creation of the image through the lenses and the second one allows
the registration of this image in a sensitive material to the light,
then it would be very difficult to find even small signs of artistic
In its genesis, the photography aspired a loyal and unified
reflection of the reality. This process went through technical
perfection, passing then in the application of alternative forms and
personalization. Rigid professional works became easily identified
with taboos, which held hostage the creative spirit and the
expressive individuality of the artists for a long time. In this new
situation the artistic refusal of those rules was obvious.
For example the metamorphosis of the concept “on focus”, as a
crucial element of the photography, incurred an extraordinary
evolution, creating new alternative space for artistic
In paradox, a photography that once upon a time was “ineligible”
because the big masters defined it “out of focus”, nowadays it could
be hanged in the best art galleries. This is a confirmation of the
fact that the way of perceiving emotions not necessarily has to go
through the correct execution of technical parameters.
On the other hand pretty often the photography enters in the
realization of the visual art applications as a valuable element in
service of the creation of a bigger emotional impact.
The optic of a traditional photography somehow polluted by art and
the art polluted by photographic elements is exactly the concept of
“NITRATO d` AR-GENTO or NITRATO d’AR-TE”
The film is just a banal support of celluloid, sprinkled by tiny
pieces of silver nitrate that the artist, with obsession of an
alchemist, tries desperately to personalize with the “element” of
With regard to the form of the exhibition, the principle would be
the creation of a dark atmosphere in which the spectator would feel
as inside a
Obscura, where the only source of light is represented by the
My preference is directed towards a selection based in black and
white photography and for this reason I would appeal the authors to
make the selection of their works in this optics.