Constance February 25th, 2007
The following pull comes from today’s NY Times’s Art section, in an article about the photographic artist, Justine Kurland.Â You can find the article here, with a slide show of some of her work.
[ â€œThereâ€™s something political about creating a world that you want to exist,â€ she said. And in a sense these new works also relate to the aesthetic of late 19th-century landscape photography, which â€œwas really about this idea of projecting an idealism onto a landscape,â€ she said. â€œIt was a way of settling the West.â€ ]
Her vision of past, present and idyll, is an interesting companion to the ideas raised (yet again! you’d think BY NOW, primatologists, at least, would get it, that the female of our species never was a passive beggarÂ at best to great big alpha males hunting to get the food to feed herself and children) in the article about chimp mothers creating hunting weapons and tools.
However, most of all, I was struck by Kurland’s statement, â€œThereâ€™s something political about creating a world that you want to exist.â€Â Not always, but often, this would fit those of us who make worlds that don’t exist, as a matter of course.Â Â It states succinctly, as well,Â why we make worlds like Sherri Tepper does, for instance, that are our deepest terrors.Â Without political advocacy and activism, we cannot avoid the worlds that are our terrors, or bring into existence worlds that are better than a world of terror.
Kurland is a photographer, not a fiction writer.Â This is something else I liked about her statement.Â It shows us all that fiction is not the only path to envisioning worlds within which we could live comfortably, with our children, other creatures and each other.