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Tamara Grčić [Videonale.10]

*1964 in Munich GER, lives and works in Frankfurt/Main GER and Vienna AUT
Studied at Universität Wien AUT, at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt/Main GER and at Städelschule Frankfurt/Main GER

 

Exhibitions [selection]:

 

2013 Köln Skulptur #7, Skulpturenpark Köln GER
         zugunruhe, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhorn GER [S]
2010 Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen GER
2009 Hellwach gegenwärtig, MARTA Herford, Herford GER
         Making Worlds,La Biennale di Venezia 53rd International Art Exhibition 2009, Venedig ITA
2008 alle Vögel fliegen hoch, Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal, Wuppertal GER
2007 Barbara Gross Galerie, München GER [S]

 

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Im Auge, 2003, 3:58 Min, colour, without sound [Videonale.10]

„Within a single, uncut shot, we see a pair of eyes making the gradual transition from waking to sleeping “, thus reads the artist's comment on the work. The viewer finds himself confronted with a close-up of two eyes, which slowly withdraw from his gaze in the process of falling asleep. This transition from waking to sleeping causes a fundamental change in the observational role: without his having a hand in the matter, the viewer is transformed from partner into voyeur, from a collaborator into an observer. In a poetical and simple manner, Grcic creates a precise reflection about the medium which she is utilizing, by transforming the tautology between visual medium and visual content (video – Lat. 'I see') into the opposite. In reminiscence of Walter Benjamin, who described the experience of being photographed as that of a lack of a response from the camera to one's own gaze, Grcic projects this proportion of forces onto the viewer, whose look remains unanswered. Im Auge combines Grcic's interest in evanescent and transitory moments with an exploration of the relationship between observer and observed, passivity and activity, autonomy and dependence.

Dorothée Brill

Tamara Grčić