Punctum



photography exhibition, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, until 21 September.
Punctum is an exhibition about the nature of photography today. Consisting of over fifty photographs chosen by artists, curators and writers, and including a series of lectures and a publication, Punctum takes its cue from the term ‘punctum’ coined by Roland Barthes in his final book Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Used by Barthes as a linguistic device to examine the meaning of photography, ‘punctum’ refers to a striking detail in the photograph that captivates or ‘wounds’ the viewer, and completes the photograph as an object of reflection. This exhibition takes this concept and term of ‘punctum’ as a starting point for invited participants to select photographs that, for each of them, are emblematic of ‘punctum’, given today’s context for photography and aesthetics.