Untitled (on a day unknown…)
Based on research of a 1936 trial of 28 men suspected of homosexual acts, this work addresses historic surveillance and exposure of sexual minorities, which still happens . A re-enactment of the trial with present day members of the local LGBTQ community, resulted in court drawings, texts, pinhole photographs and scultpure now as visual counter-proof of the law’s abuse of power.
Hasselblad Foundation and Valand Academy
Description of project
WATCHED! Surveillance, Art and Photography Hasselblad Center May 28 – October 2, 2016 Kunsthall Aarrhus November 16 – December 31, 2016 The exhibition Watched! Surveillance, Art and Photography reflects on the complexities of contemporary surveillance, with a specific attention to photography. The works in the exhibition are from the last ten years, and they convey different approaches to surveillance: from technologies used by state and authorities to everyday monitoring practices that have become an integrated part of our lives, especially within social media. Contemporary surveillance is not limited to visual monitoring, but in order to understand how surveillance works, it is still necessary to address the photographic. Our entire existence is being photographed and visualized to an unprecedented degree. This raises new questions about voluntary and involuntary visibility, as well photohistorical issues of watching and being watched. The artists in Watched! appropriate imagery and apply CCTV, Facial Recognition Technology, Google Street View, life-logging and virtual animation. They also reactivate older practices of spying, exposure and voyeurism. Conceptually, they probe issues of security, which are used as arguments for enhanced surveillance, but which often ignore the discriminatory scrutiny, criminalization and vulnerability that follow. The viewer is invited to think about how we can live in a society of multiple surveillance networks without contributing to the inequalities that surveillance produces, and instead engage in inclusive and empowering viewing practices. Watched! is part of a research project on surveillance, art, and photography in Europe after the millennium, initiated by Louise Wolthers, Head of Research at the Hasselblad Foundation. The accompanying book, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, artworks by forty artists, as well as in-depth essays on surveillance by leading scholars within the field. Curators: Louise Wolthers, Dragana Vujanovic and Niclas Östlind The exhibition and the book are collaborations between the Hasselblad Foundation, Valand Academy, Kunsthal Aarhus, Galleri Image, ARoS and C/O Berlin. Selected works works will be displayed at Galleri Image and ARoS, in Aarhus, October 14 – 18 December 2016. The exhibition is then shown at C/O Berlin February 17 – May 21, 2017. PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Meriç Algün Ringborg Jason E. Bowman James Bridle Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin Tina Enghoff Alberto Frigo Mishka Henner Marco Poloni Ann-Sofi Sidén Hito Steyerl
Description of work included
12 court drawings, 9 silver gelatin prints of pinhole negatives, 1 archival book adapted to a pinhole camera.
Type of work
12 drawings, 9 photographs and one sculpture in a group curated exhibition.
Watched! Art, Photography and Surveillance in Europe after 9/11, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (SE) then touring to Kunsthall Aarhus (DK), and published in an exhibition catalogue.
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