Look At Me!

Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection

December 7, 2017 - March 11, 2018

The exhibition Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examined portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shaped a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits.

Fidelity and likeness to the portrayed subject have been an essential condition of portraits, although art has taught us that to portray is not to reproduce but to create an image and, in short, construct a fiction. Most of the works assembled here examined concepts of truth, appearance and representation, besides memory and fiction. Some put the normative canons of portraiture to the test, revealing its ruses and the conventions of society. Painting exposed masks and make-up, whereas photography experimented with the potential of fiction to produce disconcerting effects of reality.

Some artists are interested in the anonymity of portraits, while others dissect social roles and address the problems of representing identity. Some works defined a figure or a face, while others depict some of the distinctive symbols of our society. Most of the works confirmed that in actual fact we all see ourselves as images.

Artists: Janine Antoni, Eduardo Arroyo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christian Bolstanski, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Esther Ferrer, Günther Förg, Curro Gonzalez, Stefan Hablützel, Roni Horn, Sharon Lockhart, Pedro Mora, Vik Muniz, Oscar Munoz, Bruce Nauman, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Carlos Pazos, Cindy Sherman, Antoni Tapies, Gillian Wearing, Sue Williams

 

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Look at Me!

Look at Me!

The exhibition Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examined portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant...

A White Wall and A Black Hole: Policy of the Face <br> Nermin Saybaşılı

A White Wall and A Black Hole: Policy of the Face
Nermin Saybaşılı

Pera Museum presents Nermin Saybaşılı, the final speaker in the talk series organized as a part of Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the “la Caixa” Contemporary Art exhibition.

How the Face is Un/represent(able) in the Context of <br> Emotion and Affect <br> Ayşe Uslu

How the Face is Un/represent(able) in the Context of
Emotion and Affect
Ayşe Uslu

Philosopher Ayşe Uslu opens a discussion on the portrait as a form of representation and its relationship with emotion and affect in art works as a part of the exhibition Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the “la Caixa” Contemporary Art.

Look at Me!

Look at Me!

Join us for a guided tour of the Look at Me!: Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection exhibition with the curator Nimfa Bisbe Molin. The tour will offer a unique insight to the works of the exhibition.

Video

The Divided Self

As the exhibition Look At Me! delves deep into the form of the portrait through identity, representation and convention, Pera Film’s The Divided Self proposes a similar reflection through the subject of psychiatry in the moving image.


Rineke Dijkstra Look At Me!

Rineke Dijkstra Look At Me!

“The portrait tells us that there is an inner and an outer dimension of the human condition; it provides—or should provide—information about both the physical and psychological character of an individual.” 

The Conventions of Identity

The Conventions of Identity

The exhibition “Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection” examined portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shaped a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits.

Stefan Hablützel Look At Me!

Stefan Hablützel Look At Me!

The exhibition Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Through the exhibition we will be sharing about the artists and sections in “Look At Me!”.