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Robert Hutinski - Legacy


The new series of photos by excellent photographer Robert Hutinski has been titled Legacy. It goes back to the period of the renaissance and referes to classical ideas about the deadly sins of human beings.

At first glance, it is easy to agree that the series pictures the seven deadly sins, but this is not all that can be said about it. On the deadly sins has been, so far, said a lot, but it is still possible to say much about them and this idea is the very core of the Legacy. Namely, the series is dedicated to those sins that have not by chance got their status. In the background are the processes that cannot be easily identified, therefore we need a science and an art.

This is also the reason why we examine the series of photographs with great interest, as it tackles complex and demanding ideas. And when we are done with viewing, I have to admit: we cannot and should not ignore that the aesthetics of the photographs that form the series is political. Namely, its basic idea is classical: equality or egalitarity and creativity of human beings. You may not see at first glance what is going on, but we know very well how controversial is the first look.

So, we are talking about the political aesthetics. This is also the persuasiveness of the photos we are talking about: a photographer is attempting to create a mental space in which the viewer percieves a new distribution of what Jacques Rancière names the distribution of sensible. A different perception, therefore, is not only non-trivial, because every human being always slightly differently perceives the world, but is radical.

We can see that the photographer wants to resist any attempt of classification of his photos, although he at the same time refers to the classic painter. He doesn't want to belong to and he wants to be on his own, so it is not a coincidence that he relates with his photos to the painter Hieronymus Bosch. He doesn't replicate him, because he as a photographer can't even emulate. He is working on an idea, as did also a renaissance painter.

Therefore, I must emphasize, that the central idea of the series is again – a woman.

There is a triangle, though: a woman – the mortal sins – the renaissance. Who is in this perspective a man?

We can articulate some new questions. What can a woman do, in a world in which people are again and again the victims of seduction in sins? This is a question that was on his own way put by Jesus Christ. And he offered the answer: sin is not necessary. A man can resists the temptation and do not necessarily sins.

Robert Hutinski is thinking about that heritage, the legacy, while at the same time he is thinking about the renaissance and the woman, about the new birth, therefore, about the birth of something new, about the birth of someone who is sinless and unable to sin. His message is clear: when we take the matter seriously, we are already beyond the clichés and we are no longer trapped in the cave.

Plato was thinking in exactly the same way. Therefore, the renaissance is again and again possible. It did not remain in the past and it is not five centuries old.

Robert Hutinski is a renaissance artist.


Dušan Rutar