Video art plays a special role in the history of the portrait genre. Starting in the early 1970s, affordable video technology made capturing the vitality and expressiveness of the human face in moving images easier than ever before. Unconstrained by the cinematic necessity of telling stories, many artists harnessed video as a medium of introspection and probing engagement with the outside influences that impinged upon the sitter’s self-image, body, and inner life. The exhibition presents classics from the Generali Foundation’s extensive video collection to investigate this conception of the portrait as an instrument of self-analysis.
With works by Vito Acconci | Eleanor Antin | Lynda Benglis | Peter Campus | Hermine Freed | Sanja Iveković | Joan Jonas | Elke Krystufek | Bruce Nauman | Martha Rosler | Peter Weibel | Hannah Wilke | Heimo Zobernig
Curator: Jürgen Tabor
Presented by Generali Foundation