Documentary Spectacle is the name of my MA thesis and the photography project. The term is a hybrid, borrowing from several theories and practices researched in my text.
Since we cannot reach the truth, understanding the scientific concept of truthlikeness (verisimilitude) helps to value approximate truth – a simplified representation of reality produced by idealisation and abstraction. This method is similar to those used in arts and humanities.
The practices of documentary theatre show that facts and creativity may support each others in a play – research, observations, and interviews of the eye-witnesses are integral part of the creative process, filling the gap that media has left behind. A truthlike representation of an event is a result of polyphony on a constructed stage.
A post-documentary photograph could be seen as “a trace of a trace of an events.” Most commonly post-documentary is connected to questions of authenticity in digital age, but it could also be understood as an ethical and a moral approach to representing reality. In order to do this, the picture should be a tableau hanging on a museum or a gallery wall, freeing itself from any additional context – while a picture does not lie, it’s label could do that.