Editors Pick :Diana Zlatanovski
Typologies by their nature, mean several things all at once in one clear, singular image, built up of several objects or subjects of the same purpose or aesthetic in a grid, or placed side by side. From the Bechers and their classic, almost timeless images documenting the same ‘thing’ but showing the differences in design as well as the similarities. The cooling towers in duo Becher’s work realised the similarity of an ‘A’ shape within the structures. Almost signifying that this was the blue print, in which all Blast furnaces in the future would adopt and continue to use. With this in mind, we can view Zlatanovski’s work in a certain way. What does this photographer present to us which we haven’t seen before? Is there a need to understand images through an old practice within the medium of photography.
As an audience, we have grown, become more intimate and aware of new objects and their purpose. Items hold certain taboo’s within our western, politically correct society. There is also the notion the way we humanise objects, to relate to them and have a level of interaction which is beyond the object initial purpose. For example finding faces in kitchen appliances and every day objects. Its within the context of placing these items along side each other, Zlatanovski is allowing the viewer to take in a wider knowledge of the objects presented, in isolation we’d have a simplistic understanding of that objects purpose. You could argue that these objects are, just objects and do not bare much importance. But its by placing them as a collection, which must question ourselves why, why are these objects collected together. Who owned them? Why do you need so many variations of an object that does the same job. Its these questions which arise through the images where Zlatanvoski’s work triumphs.
- Harry Rose
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