Images of human beings are constantly changing – not only in reality but also in art, where the portrait has already long been traversing all media boundaries as a genre. What do portraits mean to artists today? What questions do artists ask this genre? What formal and visual solutions do they find when they explore the existence and status of human beings in the world and the societies they live in?
Entitled »Looking at …«, the current Videobox series concentrates on filmic portraits – in the narrower sense portraits of individuals, groups or the self, and in a broader sense also portrayals of places and landscapes.
Presenting a new work every two months, the programme features selected films and videos by international emerging and established artists and filmmakers who pursue documentary, experimental, essayistic or narrative approaches. Many of them depart from traditional parameters of the portrait genre in their work, and blur the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Relinquishing the classical claim to absoluteness regarding the »veracity« of filmic portraits, they create media images of people and places often distinguished by great intensity and expressive force.