El Lissitzky • Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, 13 November 2014

“Photography is a medium that straddles the boundary between the real and the metaphoric. Photography is utilitarian; its basic gesture, as Roland Barthes has written, is to point, as if to say ‘Look!’ and ‘That!’  It is a descriptive medium, a recorder of surfaces.  The paradoxical thing about photography is that the more precisely it describes specifics the more it becomes about other things.  For Michael Ast, Baltimore is a specific place and a site for exploring the way in which photographs map the territory between the real and the imagined.” Mark Alice Durant • Saint Lucy