Victor Burgin © , Portia ( Tales from Freud), 1984
This week I attended a very interesting show at the Museo Fotografia Contemporanea di Cinisello Balsamo, Milan. The occasion was " Alle otto. Solito posto & Tales from Freud" by Victor Burgin curated by Filippo Maggia - a photographic exhibition of images and text and a new video to be projected contemporarily with Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice.
Victor Burgin is an artist and theorist of the image, both moving and still. His theoretical writings are steeped in the ideas of poetical, psychoanalytical and theorists such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes.
Burgin can be described as a conceptual artist and a researcher who has developed his artist practices while his theoretical work has created critical debates. My advice is to buy " Thinking Photography" a precious reading for people interested in photographic research.
Going back to the opening, Victor Burgin was answering questions formulated by Filippo Maggia and gave a very interesting lecture about his work and his approach to art, and exploring its relationship with memory, femminism, politics and psychoanalytical theory. Lets hope to see more events of this kind at the Museo Fotografia Contemporanea.
I was told that a video with the interview should be available soon at: http://www.museofotografiacontemporanea.org/fotografia/index.html?document=mostre