Distorted Reality, it is about the "virtual reality", in all ... - Faisal Samra

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Distorted Reality is the amalgamation of images that makes up the visual material we are confronted with in our day
to day life, the artificially simulated "virtual reality" that we occupy in all of its forms. These images, ones that we
project of ourselves and that we create of and for the world that surrounds us, are in juxtaposition with the reality of
our actual life. Since the first wall drawings made by cavemen, we began our journey of visual representation, our
expedition in search of meaningful imagery, establishing, in our time, a very complex relationship with the image that
now affects our life both consciously and subconsciously, even filtering into our dreams.

Today, the image has become potent as our visual field is haunted incessantly by "image producers" of all sorts,
producers who strive and compete to steal our attention and seduce us via the images of a "distorted reality" that they
have especially tailored for us, their unknowing targets.

There are two kinds of "image producers." The first type is, what I call, the "made-up image producer," who distorts
reality by producing images which hide part or all of the truth to make reality look more appealing, taking advantage
of the fact that we are all in pursuit of the "better" and that we all avoid the "worse," both of which, granted, are
highly relative terms. This basic instinct that we possess has been abused in commercial advertisements, public
communications, political discourse, and mass media. The dangerous facet of this type of imagery is that, most of the
time, it disguises the "worse" as the "better;" it superficially and deceivingly polishes an ugly reality in order to sell it,
in order to secure and/or buy for it a space within our field of vision. These "image producers" have waged a ruthless
war that they will win if we do not understand and expose their motives, thereby creating an automatic self-defense
system in resistance, a system that lies within the self, based on the idea of 'I know that you know that I know you are
faking.' Only in this way can we change the rules of the game and tip it in our favor, at least in the long run,
ultimately obliging such “image producers” to respect our intelligence.

The second kind of “image producer” is the "non made-up image producer," who distorts reality in a way to produce
an image that unveils the hidden truth, that shows the naked reality, as it is, and that vehemently opposes and fights
against existing dolled-up images. This form of imagery focuses on revealing the "worse" rather than the "better." It
is the type of image created and expressed in art. The weakness of this image lies, however, in its unpopularity, for it
is consumed by a limited public, especially in comparison to the public of the first type of image… How many know
Dante & his Divine Comedy? But does not every one know McDonalds and Mickey Mouse? It is a fierce war that is
being battled, but is not the perseverance of “non made-up image producers” in their continuous struggle to divulge
the truth and their endurance thus far in and of itself a form of wining?

The images that I have produced are "non made-up images," created using the same techniques - performance, digital
photography, computer graphics, and video - as those employed by "made-up image producers" but used in a way to
contradict the "made-up image.”

This work is my self-defense system against the invasion of my field of vision by the “made-up image.” It represents
my personal critical vision of us and of the world around us. Through it, I am doing as most artists do, each in their
individual way.

Faisal Samra
Feb. 2007