FACELESS Exhibition

Seduction, surveillance, privacy | Mediamatic Amsterdam. My work is featured in the exhibition FACELESS at MEDIAMATIC Amsterdam.

This exhibition shows the trend to hide, alter or mask the face. A trend visible in art, fashion and the media since the turn of the century. From avant-garde masks to works that force open a dialogue with facial recognition software, surveillance cameras, and drones. An exhibition on seduction, surveillance and privacy. With 100+ artworks, workshops on anonymity as a form of rebellion, lectures and more.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Marina Abramović, Martin Backes, Jeremy Bailey, Jonathan Barnbrook for David Bowie, Aram Bartholl, William Basinski, Marc Bijl, Zach Blas, Heiko Bressnik, Thorsten Brinkmann, Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau, Mark Brown, Asger Carlsen, Ben DeHaan, Sofie Groot Dengerink, Nezaket Ekici, Arthur Elsenaar, Shahram Entekhabi, Caron Geary aka FERAL is KINKY, Hrafnhildur Gissurardóttir, David Haines, Ren Hang, Adam Harvey, Sabi van Hemert, Ursula Hübner, Damier Johnson aka REBEL YUTHS, Katsuya Kamo for Junya Watanabe COMME des GARÇONS, KATSU, Brian Kenny, Ute Klein, Nienke Klunder, Jakob Lena Knebl & Thomas Hörl, Miodrag Krkobabić, Mirko Lazović, Theo-Mass Lexileictous, Vanessa Lodigiani, Zachari Logan, Jill Magid, Maison Martin Margiela, Slava Mogutin, Veljko Onjin, Bernd Oppl, Tanja Ostojić, Marco Pezzotta, Gareth Pugh, Eva-Maria Raab, RAF SIMONS, Ana Rajcevic, Daphne Rosenthal, Tarron Ruiz-Avila, Mustafa Sabbagh, Olivier de Sagazan, Daniel Sannwald for WOODKID, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Frank Schallmaier, Hester Scheurwater, Tim Silver, Jan Stradtmann, Sergei Sviatchenko, Jun Takahashi for UNDERCOVER, Maiko Takeda, Saša Tkačenko, Marc Turlan, Levi van Veluw, Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek, Viktor & Rolf, Philippe Vogelenzang & Majid Karrouch, Daniel Vom Keller, Martin C de Waal, Addie Wagenknecht & Stefan Hechenberger, Anne Wenzel, Bernhard Willhelm, Andrew Norman Wilson, and Lucy Wood.www.facelessexhibition.net

Since 9/11, fear for the obscured face has lead to more surveillance and the urgency to renegotiate the value of privacy. The hidden face became increasingly prevalent in mainstream pop- and image culture. Artists, fashion designers, and photographers responded to these images and started investigating in their own way what it means to be without a face.

“Our unstable identity yearns for a return to the mask,” says curator Bogomir Doringer. “Like in times past, we are attracted to wearing masks as a form of protection or camouflage, as a prop, or just for entertainment.”

In addition to 100+ works by internationally recognized young and renowned artists, the show features masks by designers like Maiko Takeda, Maison Martin Margiela, Jun Takahashi for UNDERCOVER, and Katsuya Kamo for Junya Watanabe’s COMME des GARÇONS.

More information

Mediamatic. VOC-kade 10, 1018 LG Oostenburg Amsterdam. Opening on 25 January 2014 at 19:30. Open from 26 January to 13 April from Wednesday – Sun from 13:00 – 18:00.

Hester Scheurwater