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Artmaking and the Sinthome

Sydney R. Walker
Visual Arts Research
Vol. 36, No. 2 (Winter 2010), pp. 75-82
DOI: 10.5406/visuartsrese.36.2.0075
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Artmaking and the Sinthome
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Abstract The image saturation of contemporary culture has produced a problematic situation for artistic practice, immobilizing the photographic image with cliché and stereotype. The essay considers this dilemma through the practice of Chilean political activist artist Alfredo Jaar and the Lacanian concepts of the sinthome, the Real, and jouissance. Although difficult concepts, even within Jacques Lacan’s oeuvre, the sinthome, the Real, and jouissance offer powerful conceptual tools for constructing artistic practice as a challenge to the capture of the image by contemporary media.

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