Fetish of the Image. HELLERAU
June 18 – August 31, 2021
HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts, Dresden
Residency Prize Exhibition
Text by Carena Schlewitt
My first thought/association was „Second Skin” and the exhibited performativity of the portrayed. The normally intimate process in portrait photography seems at first to be removed by the material of the second skin, but at the same time it is brought back again by the fact that the process of masking itself is a very intimate process. The photographs generate an intensive pre-occupation with questions of identity, with possibilities of identity change through completely analogous means of masking in times of Second Life, VR and AR. The proximity of these works to theatre, performance and live art aesthetics interests me, as well as their social background.