10/03/16 till 29/05/16
These days, the traditional self-portrait is history. In the past, it was only artists who painted themselves in front of the mirror. In the age of Facebook, self-presentation has become a tool for everyone. We live in radically egocentric times. Day after day, our faces migrate into a gigantic digital image archive. How are artists coping with this situation? Günther Förg headless descends a staircase, Wolfgang Tillmans shows only his knee, Pawel Althamer his clothes, Michael Sailstorfer forms his name in large letters, and Sarah Lucas almost kicks the viewer in the face while Florian Meisenberg allows the viewer to participate in his life via smartphone live stream. Ironical, playful and deconstructive – artists no longer present their faces as they used to. They have moved on from self-revelation and hide from view, they deviate and distance themselves from their own ego. In a topical exhibition with about 40 positions, SCHIRN follows these iconoclasts in their quest for a contemporary form of self-expression – including works by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Ryan Gander, Alicja Kwade, Jonathan Monk and Rosemarie Trockel. The ego is experimentally evacuated. Now, only fleeting encounters occur.