Augmented reality

Coming back to the issue of the representation of the reality, over two months ago i started my post with the question: Does the photography show a true copy of the reality?
I used a picture from Michiko Kon (Cuttlefish and sneaker 1990) to meddle about how we see the world through our eyes. After some time of reflection, with the aim of clearing up a bunch of doubts and stiring up those who thought they were right, i’ve transcripted below a story related by the anthropologist Rodney Needham.

<<It is said – I don’t remember the source- that Picasso was reproched for distorting the human traits and make them unrecognisable. The critic maintained that a portrait should look like the person depicted. Picasso, who didn’t agree, hinted that the issue wasn’t that simple; the idea of being exactly like something was more complicated than the interlocutor’s supposition. Then, the critic took out of his pocket a photo of his wife, showed it to Picasso and say: “Here you are. This is my wife and that’s how she looks.” Picasso looked carefully at the small picture and asked, suggesting surprise: “is she exactly like that?” The critic, with great confidence, confirmed that the picture showed exactly his wife appearance. “Hmmmm” Picasso said, “isn’t she very small?””>>


The Málaga-born artist, with his usual brilliance – inside and outside the canvas – demonstrated that it’s not possible to make a true copy of the reality, the aesthetic shape is already an interpretation.

Something similar happened another time, or maybe in the same; Due to the protests from a customer who claimed that the portrait didn’t represent correctly the model, the author of Guernica replied, “Don’t worry. It will finally look like her”. His way of looking went beyond the evident. He painted like Rafael when he was only 14 and his dream was to paint like a child at the end.