Treachery of words / Palabras engañosas

Images and words are nothing but representations of reality and not reality itself. Those signposts may not be pointing in the right direction, so be vigilant.

"The treachery of images", by Rene Margritte, LACMA, Los Angeles

“The treachery of images”, painting by René Magritte, exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles (2015)

(Versión en español abajo) When asked why this image is NOT a pipe, Belgian painter René Magritte replied along the lines of: “well, try to stuff your tobacco in there, if you can”. Indeed, this painting is not a pipe Mr. Magritte, and neither the word “pipe” is a pipe. Both images and words are nothing but representations of reality and not reality itself. Images and words are signposts pointing to the essence of things. Don’t be led to believe that the representation of something is the thing itself. Moreover, as the signposts they are, words may even be pointing to the wrong reality. This is the case of lies, those misrepresentations arising from sheer ignorance or purposely intended to mislead. In a time when lies reach presidential levels, be very, very suspicious of words *


Pens decorated as flowers or flowers in the shape of pens?, at a doctor’s office, Torrance, Los Angeles (2016)

Cuando se le preguntó al pintor belga René Margritte por qué la pintura de arriba no era una pipa, el hombre respondió “bueno, intente Ud. llenarla con tabaco, a ver si puede”. Efectivamente, la pintura en cuestión del Sr. Margritte no es una pipa y tampoco la palabra “pipa” es una pipa. Tanto imágenes como palabras no son sino representaciones de la realidad y no la realidad misma. Imágenes y palabras son rótulos que apuntan a la esencia de algo. No vaya Usted jamás a creer que la representación es lo representado.Más aún, como los rótulos que son, las palabras a veces apuntan a una realidad equivocada. Es el caso de las mentiras que  constituyen una representación incorrecta o errada de la realidad pues están basadas en pura y simple ignoracia o porque tienen la intención de engañar. En estos tiempos en los que las mentiras alcanzan niveles presidenciales, desconfíe Usted mucho de las palabras *


Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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