Saturday, January 01, 1994

by Madame Vera Lyubov

I’d like to suggest that we could describe these pieces as apocryphal: the texts seem to originate from one single author but this isn’t the case. The documentary pictures are also apocryphal in an opposite sense; they want to be authorless but they aren’t. They are lies by suggesting that they reveal truth; or, they are documentary precisely because they reveal their true nature as lies. For me, the thread is what is reading? We can answer this question in very different ways and can make experiments with it: we might read one image questioningly, then examine the next narratively, and look at the next one as an example. All of these forms of reading we can connect as a line of argumentation, like an attorney would do in court, using different rhetorical possibilities to defend a particular interpretation of the facts, of the documents.