2017- Changing geographies

Many western countries define certain minorities, ethnic groups, cultures from a colonial point of view. What we have learned at the school, from our history, from our parents and from media makes us superior (we think) of the truths and description of others, those who we do not identify us with. 

A series of portraits, “Changing geographies” is about a gaze which shifts depending on who is looking.

Are images found in archives, books, on internet, postcards, turist snap shots a true representation of a person portrayed? Are they authentic? Who decides on that? Are they faking, mimicking and copying the past or do they represent the present? And as such, do these portraits represent a certain tradition and customs which one can identity with in the twentieth century? Who can do that? A person portrayed, the one taking a picture or the one looking at the picture? Do these portraits represent a turist gaze and something exotic or something local? Exotic or local for whom? Does only western values and perspectives count? Who is in the position to jude which tradition is “better" and who owns tradition? Is cultural heritage fixed within a certain time only or can it grow freely with time allowing “outside” and new traditions, customs, design, language to be part of it?

© Aleksandra Jarosz Laszlo 2018