Irene Fenara examines the gesture behind every photographic operation – watching. Her practice observes, investigates and interprets the way machines perceive and capture their surroundings, and how this intrusion of technology questions who observes and who is observed. Self Portrait from Surveillance Camera addresses both sides through Fenara’s subversive meeting or overtaking the gaze of the machine.
An act of resistance and an imposing of one’s identity, Fenara poses for self-portraits in front of public surveillance cameras and then accesses the footage which would otherwise be wiped after a twenty-four-hour period. By retrieving these images, Fenara shifts the power imbalance. Self Portrait from Surveillance Camera reveals the futility of providing direct and indirect permission to our personal privacy in public spaces, only for the machine to periodically erase what was witnessed. Fenara stands to prove the reversable relationship between observing and being observed.
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Irene Fenara [ITA]~Self Portrait from Surveillance Camera
- Irene Fenara
August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm