Image: The Physiognomy of Power
Harun Farocki, I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts, 2000. Two-channel video installation (black-and-white and color, sound), 25 mins. Director: Harun Farocki. Cinematographer: Cathy Lee Crane. Production: Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin, Generali Foundation, Vienna. Photo: Harun Farocki
Museum Exhibitions

The Physiognomy of Power Harun Farocki & Florentina Pakosta

8 December 2020—5 April 2021
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

The duo exhibition The Physiognomy of Power gathers extensive selections from the oeuvres of the German filmmaker Harun Farocki (Nový Jičín, CZ, 1944–Berlin, DE, 2014) and the Austrian graphic artist and painter Florentina Pakosta (Vienna, AT, 1933) for a wide-ranging dialogue.

Farocki emerged in the 1970s as one of Germany’s leading documentary filmmakers and media artists; Pakosta, for her part, has been a central figure in the Austrian feminist avant-garde. The two artists’ works stand for a realism that evolved out of the themes and concerns of the second half of the twentieth century. Despite their divergent media, their works speak similar languages, reflecting the profoundly political dimension of their art. The ways in which power is both exercised and experienced are often a central concern.

In staging Farocki’s and Pakosta’s works in dialogue, the exhibition also teases out points of convergence between media that are often described as essentially incompatible: film and video on the one hand, drawing and painting on the other. The encounter between these worlds engenders a dynamic that enriches and intensifies the engagement with the two artists’ concerns.

Curated by Juürgen Tabor

Harun Farocki, Eye/Machine I, 2001. Video (color, sound), 25 mins. Generali Foundation Collection—on permanent loan to the Museum der Moderne...

Harun Farocki, Eye/Machine I, 2001. Video (color, sound), 25 mins. Generali Foundation Collection—on permanent loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. Photo: Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki, Respite, 2007. Video (black-and-white, silent), 40 mins. Author, producer: Harun Farocki. Collaboration: Antje Ehmann, Christiane Hitzemann, Lars Pienkoß,...

Harun Farocki, Respite, 2007. Video (black-and-white, silent), 40 mins. Author, producer: Harun Farocki. Collaboration: Antje Ehmann, Christiane Hitzemann, Lars Pienkoß, Matthias Rajmann, Jan Ralske, Meggie Schneider. Documentation: Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork, Hooghalen. Photographs: Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogs-documentatie, Amsterdam. Photo: Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki, The Interview, 1997. Video (color, sound), 58 mins. Director: Harun Farocki. Cinematographers: Ingo Kratisch, Bernd Löhr. Production: Harun...

Harun Farocki, The Interview, 1997. Video (color, sound), 58 mins. Director: Harun Farocki. Cinematographers: Ingo Kratisch, Bernd Löhr. Production: Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin. Generali Foundation Collection—on permanent loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. Photo: Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki, A Day in the Life of a Consumer, 1993. Video (black-and-white and color, sound), 44 mins. Director: Harun...

Harun Farocki, A Day in the Life of a Consumer, 1993. Video (black-and-white and color, sound), 44 mins. Director: Harun Farocki. Production: Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin, for SWF, Baden-Baden, and WDR, Cologne. Generali Foundation Collection—on permanent loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. Photo: Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki, Videograms of a Revolution, 1992. Harun Farocki with Andrei Ujica. Film, 16mm (color, sound), transferred to video, 106...

Harun Farocki, Videograms of a Revolution, 1992. Harun Farocki with Andrei Ujica. Film, 16mm (color, sound), transferred to video, 106 mins. Production: Harun Farocki, Ulrich Ströhle. Photo: Harun Farocki

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