and the image gazes back
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belit sag's works ‘read’ newspapers, films, and media images, on a visual basis, commenting on the meaning of specific poses, compositions, codes and gestures, in order to subsequently decode, locate, reveal and create entirely new, or hidden, narratives. Quite often, the images turn out to have political connotations, rendering them carriers of additional meanings – which are remotely related, or entirely unrelated, to the original way they were narrated.
In the video piece and the image gazes back the artist questions the role of images in current and historical events, engaging an underlining emphasis on visibility and representation. Even as these events, and their representations, resonate in our own memories from media, the artist is navigating …he blurred lines between fiction and reality, the visible and the unseen, audible and mute, imaginable and unimaginable.
The images we see around us shape us as much as we shape them, be it a beheading that seems to adopt aesthetics of a Hollywood film, or images of people taking over the TV station in Burkina Faso. We are born to the images, and born out of images. This video is an attempt to talk about our relation to images and vice versa in a loose, associative manner. Read more...