An online extension of our recent London exhibition, Life Captured Still brings together a selection of seminal video works by Harun Farocki and Hito Steyerl, two pioneers in the fields of documentary film and new media art. Their work has often been conceptually associated, but is placed in dialogue for the first time
by curators Antje Ehmann and Carles Guerra.
In a moment when we are all rethinking the ways in which we work and re-evaluating the essential roles in society, both artists’ unwavering emphasis on the theme of labour is more timely than ever. They also share a preoccupation with the politics of images, the pervasive regimes of late capitalism, and the endless permutations of a digital culture upon which we have become increasingly reliant.
Somehow, until right now, nobody had properly surveyed Farocki and Steyerl’s work together… The two share a concise set of interests and artistic approaches… they weave together seemingly unlike events and ideas, coolly delighting in the phantom threads they find along the way that cross national and ideological borders.