Posted by: Rajesh Shukla | July 14, 2010

Unsaid as a protagonist


Protagonist by Jill Magid

The Protagonist disappears, the fact created by other facts is to be filled by other facts.-Jid Magid

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. To en-owning, owning is where art comes; if art and culture is considered a sublime aspect of human beings it is because of its nature of self-engagement. But despite this, self-expression is not individual; as soon as it is expressed it joins the social field. So expression is not a face of language, expression should be understood not simply as the face and language, or individual languages, but as a semiotic collective machine that preexists them and constitutes regimes of signs. A formation of power is much more than a tool; a regime of signs is much more than a language.

Now since expression at deeper level joins the social and formations of power, it is necessary to ask on which side it joins-the side of regimes of oppression or the people. We can distinguish types of art on this ground. We will not agree to that art which says it has no social function. It is said that an image before being unveiled has no social relevance but as soon as artist gives it a language, it becomes relevant; it goes to the social field. Even a symbolic expression that joins the regimes of signs necessarily goes in to the social field and joins its language. Jid Magid meddles in the social through her textual images. Her artworks are signs, texts, images at the same time. Breaking the syntax of her textual images, reading the pragmatics of its language is an interesting job. Text is not just a text in her work but a sign that refers to a larger reality, whatever shore it can reach it reaches than the unsaid remains and the process goes on. There is always a relation between one text and the other but not always in an order, though it may look in a succession of ordered blocks she would say. The text unsaid is always a protagonist whose face is towards future. Protagonist is always a critic. Her protagonist too is a critic, his eyes stare at the regimes of signs and its uses, he meddles in the social and mimics it. Texts are seductive sounds, images, signs which moves on from text to text. Text seduces us, if it is used as a mimic it seduces us most.

–Rajesh shukla

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