Victor Burgin | TateShots

“There’s no point in making any more images”, says artist and writer Victor Burgin. “There are already enough photographs in the world… What we need to do is re-read the images we already have.”

In this film, shot in Paris, Burgin introduces some of his key artworks from Tate’s collection, including his Lei Feng series (1973), in which a Western advertising image for sherry is juxtaposed with a text extract from a Maoist parable. Ideologies collide in these combinations of photographs and texts, as Burgin sets about decoding structures of representation.

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