SPIN takes its cue from Walter Benjamin's "The Author as Producer," in which Benjamin dismisses the distinction between writing and image and proposes that the photographer "give his picture the caption that wrenches it from modish commerce and gives it a revolutionary useful value." In these altered news photographs, I have supplied the caption as a single word that cuts, disrupts, and reconstructs the image as a photo/text hybrid that must be viewed and read simultaneously. The title, SPIN, invokes the now customary euphemism for dissimulation but also the Situationist practice of détournement and, more distantly, Magritte's notion of "the treachery of images."
8×10 inches / 60 pages / 55 black and white photographs
Mario Cutajar is a Los Angeles-based artist. He is the recipient of Pollock Krasner and NEA grants and has written about contemporary art for numerous publications. He currently teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.
Civil War Published November 29, 2011