Reports

To philosophise is to learn how to die 
One say that to understand what it means to be an authentic human being is to accept and appreciate the fact that we are going to die. To cope with the fact that we constantly project our lives onto the horizon of death or how Martin Heidegger would call it we are dealing with “being-towards-death”. It is an indisputable fact that contemporary society isn’t keen on accepting the issue of death. The politics of fear and it’s ultimate argument – death – come into usage as a tool  to keep people dependent from the power. Although an authentic human life can only be found by facing finitude and trying to make a meaning out of the end of our life, we rather stay alive in the artificial but safe environment, under protection that takes from our existence this genuine factor – mortality.
In his photography Dror Daum regards the subject of authenticity in intelligent and not straightforward way. His images are very often manipulated and post-produces however in an manner that deconstructs the idea of “photoshopped image”, just to mention, quite banal and overused nowadays. To observe his photographies is to watch carefully every image seeking for mistake that could put us back on the division between what is natural and artificial. Yet I believe that what is fascinating in this two terms is when we understand that culture (means what is fake) is all about making an attempt to petrify nature. To capture its moments and frieze it in order to falsely shape and fashion our selfhood.

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