“There is no need for the western political artist, too often a disaster tourist, to sail the seven seas looking for injustices to denounce. Inequality and exploitation saturate the ground on which we stand, they are in the grain of everyday life.” Conceptual artist Victor Burgin launches an excoriating attack on documentary art as the “new doxa”.
Hilde Van Gelder
is associate professor of contemporary art history at Katholieke Universitaet Leuven (Belgium). She is co-director of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography and editor of the Lieven Gevaert Series, editor of Image [&] Narrative and a member of the editorial board of A Prior Magazine.