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Truth or Lie? Art or Documentary?

Posted on by Ben Hodson

As I regularly interact with the space and people in front of the lens, my practice fits more comfortably within an art context. However, I mostly present a documentation of what I have been performing/constructing etc, so the relationship is inherently more complex.  When you document a subject there is an implied relationship to the truth, although this can be heavily scrutinised in an era where “to photoshop” is a verb.  This uncomfortable association with the notion of truth is one of the defining practices of documentarians, whereas artists seem skilful and intentional about their bending of the truth to suit their aims and objectives.  Although connected to the truth my work manipulates and redefines the reality around it to touch on deeper and important truths.  Such as “it is better to live in peace”.