Last weekend I visited a wet and windy Amsterdam, my first time in the city were I was looked after by my lovely friend Siem. Friday we braved the storm and walked to the Mediamatic warehouse space to see the Faceless exhibition. An exhibition documenting the recent trend in hiding, altering or masking the face. A trend which has been spanning across art, fashion and media since the turn of the century.
Described as an exhibition on, ‘Seduction, Surveillance and Privacy.’ the exhibition showcases the work of artists across all disciplines from photography to performance art. The space is huge and at a first glance looked quite empty but I think we almost spent two hours taking in everything! My favourite pieces were the fashion masks by Margiela and Vikor and Rolf, as well as photography by Ren Hang. All the artists featured are listed on the Mediamatic site. Well worth checking out if you happen to be in town.
‘Since 9/11, fear for the obscured face has led to more surveillance and the urgency to renegotiate the value of privacy. The hidden face became increasingly prevalent in mainstream pop- and image culture. Artists, fashion designers, and photographers responded to these images and started investigating in their own way what it means to be without a face.’