Don't fly high!

by karin

This work has been commented by 3 curator(s). Read the comments


Don't fly high!


Ðœilitary conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan could erupt again.

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Friendly Competition

Love Conflict Imagination (2010-2011)

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Visual communication practice

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Subfield description

The photograph was taken in 2010, in Nagorno Karabakh unrecognized Republic. Never exhibited.

Check out the Love Conflict Imagination 2010-2011 outlines of Memefest Friendly competition.

Description of idea

Describe your idea and concept of your work in relation to the festival outlines:

This picture is about impossibility of social communication between Armenia and Azerbaijan, because of war conflict we had in early 90's. Love and respect to family deceased relatives is the same in our countries. We share almost the same mode of life. But we aren't able to talk, to discuss, to overcome Karabakh war. Мilitary conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan could erupt again. Because of no communication, there is a Hugh Negative Imaginary in between, people imagine worst to each other. What we need is a visual communication practice.

What kind of communication approach do you use?

My communication approach is based on visual and lingual translation.

What are in your opinion concrete benefits to the society because of your communication?

in societies that are so full of nationalism, my approaches seem to be marginal and uncomfortable. The greatest benefit is this unnecessarity.

What did you personally learn from creating your submitted work?

In this traditional and peaceful village where one can always feel the war, I was unwanted so to make this shot. Because I saw the weakness of an old woman and the awesome power of TV.

Why is your work, GOOD communication WORK?

Maybe because it is a simple picture.

Where and how do you intent do implement your work?

It has already been completed.

Did your intervention had an effect on other Media. If yes, describe the effect? (Has other media reported on it- how? Were you able to change other media with your work- how?)

Curators Comments

Antonio Rollo

How can a single shot get emotional? The chemical basics of brain activities tells us that we are made out of net of nets, where blood (emo) is moved around to bring oxygen and so life and rhythm to the entire body. In this trip around the body the blood is able to kill, in real time, the enemies as a virus. I believe, on a macro level as a Nation, that the only antidote to war and violence is beauty. Beauty should be more than love and imagination, because can be way out to awaken dormant consciences. The virus of TV act on the social framework of life, changing the structure of the private space called home. As soon as home loose the relations whit the local community (is not anymore a social center but a place were to watch TV) and the nature of family (the about family talking becoming about TV chatting) we assist to the result of the virus infection. Sometime when a body is infected by a virus, the blood (emo) has the ability to move on by learning the strategy of the virus and by fighting the virus with a better strategy. Sometime is enough a single shot.

Shoaib Nabi

Although your image depicts the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan it could almost be any place torn and divided by war. The so call pretense of what you delicately state as "... societies that are so full of nationalism" can keep old wounds open. The relationship between love and power, power and conflict and love and conflict is captured in this single shot without pretense, informal yet poignant.

It seemed as if you just walked into this room and took a photograph (you might have) yet each object shown in this room is an artifact in itself to the testament of the live of its occupant(s). They have been transformed in context to the subject of love, conflict and imagination as icons representing the essence of what needs to be said — simply. This image truly transcends boundaries and as long as the world as love, power, conflict it will always be current and have a story to tell.

Technically you could have improved on the quality of the image light and the composition without sacrificing the amateur, impromptu look and feel of this photograph. On the whole I felt that your idea and the questions asked of you were very well thought out and answered. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Sandy Kaltenborn

Despite the fact that this photo is interesting and powerful by its combination of diverse and confrontative elements (private/public, modern/traditional, close/open small room/big world…); it remains a little cryptical without the explanations given by your short text.
Therefor this image is mainly understand-able within its context of distribution: with which kind of text, which kind of medium, with a series, where … You mention that this work as been implemented, it would have been great to know where and how.
You also say that you understand your work as having an "anti-national" perspective, this is not really to see here but maybe as said more with its context of distribution. A strong photo which raises question. A few more hints would have been helpfull. But take our request for more information as a compliment.