Germany - Berlin Documentary Forum - Vincent Meessen18/05/2012
Exhibition: A BLIND SPOT
31 May - 1 July 2012
Berlin Documentary Forum is a biennial festival dedicated to documentary practices across a variety of disciplines. The project seeks to explore the documentary as an art form capable of constructing and reshaping realities and histories. Encompassing cultural studies, philosophy, and diverse artistic practices, the festival accentuates the critical potential of documentary work and distinguishes it from today's excessive production and distribution of visual documents.
A group exhibition of contemporary art entitled "A Blind Spot" and the launch of an experimental online project, "issue zero", complement the four days of events at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
The blind spot of a photograph refers to something not visible or shown but nonetheless latent in the image. Dismissing the dominant pictorial regime, the images in "A Blind Spot" preserve an openness and indeterminacy that precludes reducing them to a description or illustration ofa specific reality. This is the point of departure for questioning the documentary aspect in contemporary artistic and photographic practices.
The exhibition, curated by Catherine David, includes works by Eric Baudelaire, Elisabetta Benassi, David Goldblatt, Hassan Khan, Joachim Koester, Vincent Meessen, Olaf Nicolai, Melik Ohanian, Efrat Shvily, Jeff Wall and Christopher Williams.
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