HIER RUHT DEIN BLICK AUF MIR
The work “Hier ruht Dein Blick auf mir” came about as an immediate reaction to the tragic death of her friend Terese de Sena. As part of the Biennale, a gravestone for the deceased Biennale artist will be erected, engraved with these words: A poetic and radical acknowledgement of the ubiquity of perceived life.
L'IMAGE C'EST TOI, LA VUE C'EST MOI
“I am the gaze, you are the picture!” This emancipatory battle cry of the anticipated object of cultural interest is used by Claire-Marie Trudeau as the starting point and operating principle of her installation: As a first step, a portrait is exhibited that draws the observer under its spell. But it is a trick: A camera, hidden behind one of the portrait's pupils, captures the intimate moments when the observer is absorbed in looking at the seemingly inanimate picture. In a second step, the “audience pictures” are presented. “The image is you, the gaze is me” is an intelligent game of deception based on the relationship of the observer to the object of his aesthetic curiosity, even of his desire.
The film project “Passion” is part of the same iconographic context: A short film, made with limited means, shows the crucifixion of Christ from his point of view, in the style of Pasolini’s film of the passion. The observer knows immediately what scene he is witnessing - but he will not see what he expects. Instead, he will bear witness to the last moments of a suffering God.