Anonymous, The Tukan, 2012
Portraiture is one of the oldest artistic genres. With photography, this longstanding tradition gained yet another dimension. On the one hand, photography made possible less time-consuming representations of the sitter as well as the duplication of a portrait thanks to the development of the negative-positive process. On the other hand, next to its documentary value, photography also possesses its very own visual language.
The photographer Marc Asekhame will create portraits of selected Swiss emerging artists. These artists, in turn, will engage with their image and reinterpret it, reworking it with their own techniques and subjecting the original photographs to a metamorphosis. The show will juxtapose these new works and Asekhame’s photographs, which provide their common thread.
The exhibition seeks to present a broad spectrum of current artistic engagement with portraiture and thus provide an insight into various artistic approaches, contents and tendencies. A central aspect will be the nature of the relation between perception by an other and the representation of self derived from it. By reworking the photographic portraits using their own means of expression, the artists generate parallel and new perspectives, and reinvest them with new significance.
Each artist will furthermore be represented with one other work, some created specially for the BAC’s premises. Amongst others, the exhibition will feature works by Omar Ba, Andrea Heller, Fabian Marti and Julia Steiner.