Unreal Nature

November 28, 2019

An Advancing

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… not an illusion but nor is it a simple presence …

This is from Portrait by Jean-Luc Nancy, translated by Sarah Clift and Simon Sparks (2018):

… The portrait does not seek to capture the identity of a figure, nor does it seek to capture identity within a figure. Rather, it allows for something to approach and recede, so that it is less a question of identity than of presence, in the sense that this latter cannot be identified with pure position, to a being-here that is duly located or assigned to its place but, in an entirely different way, presents itself, advances and appears in a happening that cannot be situated or fixed.

… The image in its true value is not an illusion but nor is it a simple presence: it is an arrival, a movement, an advancing, or a rising from the depths.

My most recent previous post from Nancy’s book is here.




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