HARUN FAROCKI

HITO STEYERL

LIFE CAPTURED STILL


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.

 

– ARTnews

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FROM THE CURATORS


Harun Farocki and Hito Steyerl share an art practice that is characterised by both writing and media work. They both deal obsessively with image regimes and politics, often having recourse to the genre of the documentary essay. And, while dealing with topics that are deadly serious, there is an underlying humour to their funny games.

 

– Antje Ehmann, co-curator  

 

Harun Farocki and Hito Steyerl are bound by a special form of collaboration, beyond any space-time framework. Though they belong to quite different generations, they share a stubborn critical attitude that dismantles the pervasive biopolitical regimes of late capitalism … Their production unfolds in a world that accepts war and inequalities as basic conditions for a lifestyle heavily dependent on asymmetrical realities. By bringing them together, we get a unique opportunity to transcend their thematic obsessions and look into the details of a sounding critique.

They reveal the secret anatomy of images.

 

– Carles Guerra, co-curator  

Hito Steyerl, Strike (2010). Installation view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London.


They’re asking you to question the labour processes that exist around you, and that you are part of. They’re asking you to confront your life and working conditions, to ask why you’re doing what you do, to wonder who benefits, to constantly think and question. It’s powerful, important art.

 


– Time Out

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