and crculated. The epermental lms o
take the machne o vson apart: the act o seeng becomesan adventure or the eyes, whle n
’s new vdeo, blndpeople pant the world as they see t.In other cases, mages anne new terrtores to the doman o thevsble.
’s stroboscopc shots and
’snaturalstc vews are eamples o scentc photography that haveradcally renvented the way we see thngs, mappng new physcal andaesthetc dmensons.Eplorng the technology o vson, many works n the ehbtoneamne the tes—at tmes lovng, at tmes volent—between camerasand subjects. In
’s photographs, the apparatus ovson s lterally taken apart: lenses are cut open, cameras nspectedrom each and every angle, to reveal the mechancs whereby mages areconstructed. In the works o
João Mara Gusmão &Pedro Pava
, one detects a concernwth the act o seeng, so much so that t has to be careully analysed.The recepton and consumpton o mages represent a crucalpreoccupaton or artsts and mage makers today.
, and many others, accumulate,collect, and organze ound mages and ragments o vsual culture. Asthe lne separatng the producton o mages rom ther consumptongrows thnner, these artsts look at how mages are abrcated anddstrbuted through meda.
brngs together works that deal wth the representatono heroes and martyrs, eplorng the ways mages are used to createmyths, preserve the memory o vctms, or bear wtness to war andoppresson.A key work n the vsual lecon o the Chnese Cultural Revoluton, the
Rent Collecton Courtyard
s a dsplay o over 100 sculptures made toeducate the Chnese populaton about the abuses o the eudal system.Created between 1965 and 1978 by students, artsts, and aculty othe Schuan Fne Arts Insttute, the tableau llustrates the confaton oart, poltcs and collectve beles—the power o mages to educate andstr revolutons. It s presented n ts entrety n the Bennale, and orthe rst tme ever n an Asan country outsde Chna.documents, relcs, and art works. It s a bennal conceved as atemporary museum—openng outwards to embrace hstory, theehbton cultvates the eercse o memory, wanderng through morethan one hundred years o hstory.In the
, ve separate galleres branch o to refectthemes recurrng throughout the ehbton. The ehbton begnsn
, presentng works that deal wth photographcrepresentaton, posng, and the constructon o the sel throughmages. From
’s pennyportrats to
’srecords o onlne communtes, and
’s vdeos, n
, people lne up n ront o the camera, ranked lke tn solders orpnned down lke a gorgeous collecton o butterfes. Celebrtes andllustrous nobodes appear n the photographs o
Andre de Denes
Namhan Photo Studo
Peter Fschl &Davd Wess
algn thousands o snapshots on a lght table twentyseven meters long, presentng realty n all ts sublme banalty. In thepantngs and drawngs o
, aces and psychologes are dramatcally revealed.Flmmaker
dstrbuted vdeo cameras to rural Chneseworkers and asked them to lm ther towns: the hundreds o hoursrecorded by the armers capture everyday le at the margns o theChnese empre, composng a choral encyclopeda. Swarmng wthpctures, the ehbton becomes an magemakng machne:
nvtes vstors to pose and photograph themselves usnga photo booth n the ehbton galleres. By manpulatng hstorcalphotographs, and wth the collaboraton o an army o volunteers,
creates a lvng memoral to the partcpants o the May18 Gwangju Uprsng o 1980.In a world gorged on mages, recyclng, appropraton, and repettonhave become survval strateges that can assume a therapeutcuncton.
approprate and rearrange estng mages.
queston ownershp and copyrght by replcatng works byother artsts.
eplores the mechancs o vson through optcal llusonsand parascentc magnares. Analyzng how vsual eperencesare nscrbed n our eyes and bodes, artsts lke
, rase questons about how mages are constructed