About Jordan Reznick’s Thesis Project
Imperceptible Politics: The Photograph and the Aesthetic Experience
Photographs can reinforce normative understandings of the world, or they can constitute a clash, disrupting their own role in the daily flow of information. This project looks at the work of Taryn Simon through the lens of aesthetic philosophy. As her photographs expose sites hidden from public view, they also gesture towards that which is imperceptible in the contemporary domain of knowledge. It is not easy to see or show something new. It is not as if we could just open our eyes and pay attention to discover the imperceptible and snap a picture of it, for it is obscured by complex relationships between institutions, economics, social norms and modes of classification. Instead, the photograph’s politics emerge from the tension between the seen and unseen; the said and unsaid; the known and unknown, allowing for an adventure beyond the confines of the contemporary ordering of knowledge to perceive the imperceptible.