PRINT February 1992


Ida Panicelli

In this issue of Artforum we consider the problem of representation, focusing on the human body as the pivotal element in an intricate system of signs that must be taken into account each time we try to articulate the complexity of our reality. A sort of social allegory provides a larger frame for Patrick Faigenbaum’s photographs of the Italian nobility. In these works, Faigenbaum investigates the possibility of linking spaces and people in a chain of signs that speaks mostly of their connecting borders, so that the end of one “thing” touches the beginning ofthe next. Generations, places, and time are perceived as if circular, and photography functions as the factor that establishes the synchronicity of past, present, and future.

The photographic project of Sandy Skoglund and the drawings of Don Bachardy both make use of the polymorphous strategy of analogy. As Michel Foucault reminds us,

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