Daniele Buetti: Are You Talking To Me?

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Daniele Buetti: Are You Talking To Me?


Daniele Buetti: Are You Talking To Me?
to Sat 16 Nov 2019
Tue-Fri noon-5pm

Ernst Hilger Daniele Buetti 1

Ernst Hilger Daniele Buetti 2

Ernst Hilger Daniele Buetti 3

Ernst Hilger Daniele Buetti 4

Ernst Hilger Daniele Buetti 5

Ernst Hilger Daniele Buetti 6

In the middle of the portrait – nothing. No, an empty room. Daniele Buetti has cut out the face and inserted a mirror surface. If we stood before it, we would be reflected in it. “Are you talking to me?”, The faceless nature rules us. No, it’s not about dialogue. Not a verbal exchange between two persons, whose faces reflect the testimony of their counterpart. Instead, we look at ourselves.
Let’s face it, with what eagerness and excess smartphones are drawn and selfies are snapped, we realize: We live in a thoroughly narcissistic age. Or, to use a term of the sociologist Andreas Reckwitz, in a time of “singularization” of all possible life decisions. We are driven by the constant need to make one’s life as something special. All around we meet with excessive self-centeredness, self-realization and self-marketing – and are themselves trapped in it. Countless times a day we throw, intentionally or unintentionally, a scrutinizing look in the mirror – at home, in the lift, in front of reflecting facades or in the glasses of the other person. In the past, mirrors were used in the mourning house; today, they are no longer attached to anything improper or uncanny.
Are we all self-optimizers and narcissists? What distinguishes these? Buetti’s faceless portraits raise a number of questions: they also make us think about sociological aspects as well as about aesthetic and art historical topics: were paintings over millennia holy pictures or windows that opened the view into another spiritual space, then what are pictures today? Mirror? And what do we see, if not our own reflection? (Claudia Jolles, Art Bulletin 4/2018)

Daniele Buetti
Born in Friborg in 1955, lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.
Education at the School of Design in Zurich and at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
Since 2004 Professor at the Kunstakademie Münster – University of Fine Arts.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art, New York; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunsthalle Recklinghausen; Kunsthalle Würth, Künzelsau; Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg; and many more.

Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madird; ZKM – Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe; DaimlerChrysler Collection, Berlin; MUSAC, Fundación Siglo para las Artes de Castilla y León; TBA21 – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection; CJ Culture Foundation, Seoul; and many more.

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna

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