Presence Vs. Absence

2009, Mexico City
Medium format. Photoprint Semi-Matte, 200gms. 50 x 50cm.

Following the grammatical logic, even to mention absence reveals that there was once a presence within. By denying the presence we only do the obvious, since one can only deny what exists.

[…] How to pass this condition of presence, being there-performance required by that kind of presence that is only possible through the absence that we know is a condition of representation. […] To that notion of presence which is about being there, being in front of, and that notion of presence that Henry James uses in his ghost stories, the presence which is a ghost and therefore really an absence, the presence which is not there, a ghostly aspect of presence that is its excess, its supplement.

Douglas Crimp.