One of the things I love about SCAD is the hub of discussions in art and design that it becomes when bringing artists, scholars, designers, critics, and so on every once in a while. I was fairly unfamiliar with Alfredo Jaar’s work, keynote speaker for the deFINE ART festival, saw one of his pieces at the SCAD Museum of Art, “May 1, 2011” and felt very intrigued by it and knew the work proposed much more than what it would seem like at first sight, pulled me back several times. His work is very political, installation-based and usually depends of a great production effort to make it happen.
Regardless of the fact that Alfredo at times uses photography as his medium, I was a little disconcerted with the underwhelming response from most photography students here towards his presentation and I would like to think that it is not because of photography itself.
I would like to think that it’s not because photographers don’t find anything interesting unless it is purely about photography, and that the fact of us studying under this department directs us to the stagnant philosophy of purism, the film and the ink/silver on paper.
We are the School of Fine Arts and I take pride on that because I am an artist who happens to take photographs.