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Self Portrait from Surveillance Camera

Irene Fenara

Irene Fenara's interest in theories of visual culture and the need to appropriate the tools of contemporaneity, which determine our way of seeing, become an opportunity to practice observation and reflection on images. Using an instrument usually foreign to art: that of surveillance cameras that acquire images for the sole purpose of environmental control, with Self Portrait from Surveillance Camera Fenara relates power and vision. The work bears the traces of a movement, that of the artist who goes from the studio to the surveillance camera and then saves the image that portrays her before the continuous flow cancels it 24 hours later. The artist's gaze, turned towards the lens, becomes an act of resistance to impose her own identity on the controlled world, a reversed point of view that makes us reflect on the always reversible relationship between the observer and the one being observed.

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