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Emily, 2012 © Courtesy of the artist & Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
PRIVACY
Curated by: Dr. Martina Weinhart

Römerberg
60311 Frankfurt
Germany
November 1st, 2012 - February 3rd, 2013
Opening: November 1st, 2012 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.schirn.de/
COUNTRY:  
Germany
EMAIL:  
welcome@schirn.de
PHONE:  
+49.69.299882.0
OPEN HOURS:  
TUESDAY, FRIDAY–SUNDAY 10 AM - 7 PM WEDNESDAY + THURSDAY 10 AM - 10 PM
TAGS:  
photography, video-art

DESCRIPTION

Private—a word from the past, or so it would seem these days. A word of hardly any relevance in an era when everything—from one’s favorite recipe to one’s current relationship status—is posted on Facebook. Exhibitionism, self-disclosure, the delight in telling stories, showing off, and voyeurism are the social strategies in today’s world—a world that has long since undergone a structural transformation of the public sphere. In contemporary art, domestic scenes and personal secrets are mirrored in photographs, Polaroids, cell phone photos, objects, installations, and films. The familiar and intimate are put in the picture. Through a consideration of numerous contemporary approaches the SCHIRN investigates the dwindling private sphere and the “publicness of the intimate.” Aiming her camera through a rear courtyard window, Merry Alpern captures blurred scenes of hurried sexual encounters; in his romantic video piece Akram Zaatari explores an online chat between two men; and Fiona Tan combines private snapshots from different countries to create large tableaux. The exhibition undertakes memorable excursions to the fragile borders between the self and the other.