REPORT - NOTES FROM REALITY
Journalism was once considered a “fourth power”, an independent and controlling observer. More recently, however, it has increasingly been
suspected of failing in its role as a neutral rapporteur and of following
the pronouncements of established politics and business as a matter of
priority.Instead, in the digital age, a myriad of forms of the public sphere
that are virtually impossible to differentiate and actors that are difficult
to figure out have become established, all of which claim to be the “truth”.
And which permeate the perception of reality in such a polyphonic way
that categories such as fiction and truth seem to have lost their effectiveness
and are drowned in an absolute information frenzy.
In view of the lack of power of discernment and interpretation,
art of all things is now embarking on a search for reality and new
criteria of discernment and understanding. The EMAF exhibition aims to
show how artistic reports and images open up new confrontations with
reality and to what extent they take over, transform or refute journalistic
forms. And thus perhaps give an outlook on what lies ahead of us, on
future developments towards a view of reality that was and is never simple
and simplistic, that keeps the complexity of our world clear to us and
nevertheless points out ways to deal constructively with this complexity.