Words by Sarah Farndale//Sarah.email@example.com
Faces Now, an exhibition at Brusselsai??i?? BOZAR examines the stratified and diverse identity of European citizens. It is the first exhibition to look back at European portrait photography since 1990 ai??i?? a genre of art that has evolved against a backdrop of extreme change due to globalisation, migration, the advent of the internet and economic unification. The idea of identity is sharply under focus in the exhibition, as are questions of culture and history and what it means to be European.
As the curator of the exhibition Frits Gierstberg puts it ai???we live in an era of portraits: the selfie! So this exhibition poses the question ai??i?? can portraits still have meaning?ai???
Most of the photographs featured in the exhibition are of ai???normalai??? citizens and attempt to showcase them as an individual and more broadly what it means to be human. Beat Streuli photographs subjects on the street, without their knowledge hoping to capture the ai???real personai???. Whilst Adam PaAi??czuk orchestrates scenes which hint at a mini drama that is ensuing, but which also indicate the strong link between a personai??i??s identity and where they live. Thomas Ruff, meanwhile, determinedly presents a subject with no discernable facial expression, confronting the viewer with ai???the otherai???.
Adam Panczuk (Karczeby, 2008-2010)
Beat Streuli (Bruxelles 2007)
Thomas Ruff (Portrat, 1987)Ai??