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1. Does "in relation to" below mean "in comparison to"?


2. Does "in the face of" below mean "through"?


Extract:​The middle pair of photographs display a pair of women’s shoes, in one image facing forwards, in the other turned away from the viewer, while the plaque under the right-hand pair of white shoe boxes reads ‘when I returned the tree was a distance from her marker’. What is imaged here is not only the temporal displacement of memory in relation to the seeming stasis of photographic representation, but the absent body that can only be invoked in the face of its disappearance in death (Art and Psychoanalysis by Maria Walsh).
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catttt1. Does "in relation to" below mean "in comparison to"?

I would say that the writer thought so, but "comparison" is better.

catttt2. Does "in the face of" below mean "through"?

That is a misuse of "in the face of X". "Through" is close enough.