Bogomir Doringer is a visual artist, originally coming from Yugoslavia, these days known as Serbia. After finishing his studies at the Rietveld Academy, he graduated from the Master of Film with cum laude in 2011. Doringer has been nominated twice for the Venice Biennale, with the project that he has been developing during his studies at our academy. This project is entitled ‘Hospitality’.
During the lecture he will be speaking about his recent exhibition FACELESS. Long research on FACELESS formed itself in a two-part exhibition exploring a phenomenon present all around us: the fashion of facelessness that first appeared in the creative arts at the beginning of this century and has remained popular ever since. The exhibition reminds us of the impact that media-generated images can have on the creative arts and the ways in which they respond to public images, pop culture, and the mainstream in general. In today’s socio-political frame in which there is a lot of discussion on the issue of privacy, this exhibition has a special importance and alarming tone.
In the Museums Quartier in Vienna more then 26,000 people visited the exhibition, confirming the importance of this phenomena. In January this year it has been brought to Amsterdam and installed at the Mediamatic Fabriek. It gathers more then 90 contemporary artists including names such as Marina Abramovic, Jill Magid, Maison Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Jeremy Bailey, Andrew Norman Wilson and many more.
With regards to the exhibition, Doringer says in his statement:
"Following the events of 9/11, images of masked faces of terrorists became dominant in the media; repeated as a ghostly, unknown presence that reminds us of the unsafe time we live in. At the same time, throughout Europe people began to pursue a ban on burqas. Events like the murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands led to public discussions on the impact of Muslim culture through Muslim minorities on so-called "western values". In addition to the loss of privacy, the rules of modern technology demand that we be constantly visible. Social networks, initially developed as platforms for communication, came to define standards of everyday activity and lifestyle. They approach us with the promise of serving as tools for self-promotion, and then increasingly invade our privacy with our express consent.
The unstable identity of the present begs for the return of power of the mask from ancient times, when it was used as a form of protection, disguise, performance, or just plain entertainment.“
To give the visitors of the lecture a chance to see the exhibition, the lecture takes place NOT at the Film Academy, but at Mediamatic.
Mediamatic, Van Gendthallen (next to Roest) , VOC-kade 10, Oostenburgereiland, Amsterdam. How to get there
The Master Film Lecture Series
Every other Wednesday night, 19:30-21:30 hrs.
at the Film Academy Cinema
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