“After the News”

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Our idea of documentary—images or reports reflecting the facts as closely as possible—is constantly being undermined by manipulative or suggestive tendencies in the media. It’s not necessarily conscious propaganda per se; the very conditions of transmission ensure that the event is altered in the telling. Documentation goes hand in hand with interpretation. The increasing ambiguity of the genre has nevertheless had a positive effect inasmuch as the domain of the professional journalist has been breached, allowing an influx of strategies from ethnography, political activism, and personal journal writing. “After the News: Postmedia Documentaries,” organized by Carles Guerra, explored the increasing use of documentary practices in art in all its complexity.

This distance from conventional reportage is thematized by Bruno Serralongue in his photographic series “Risk Assessment Strategies,”

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