Connecting across the two levels of the building and out onto the street, this exhibition emphasises and magnifies the acts of watching and being watched. What ordinarily is a private encounter with a work of art is here exposed to the public gaze.
Varying in medium and genre, the featured works evoke the power of the gaze and engage with their tangible presence, generating in the viewer an awareness of their physicality whilst occupying space in the gallery.
As a society we have never been more surveyed, from CCTV in the street, mobile phones that track movement to the information freely shared online, we are constantly exposed. Everyday observations are amplified in an art gallery where the act of looking is focused, becoming dominant. Private Exposureinvitesthe gaze outside the limitations of the exhibition space as the works selected are reaching beyond their medium, opening a dialogue, gripping the viewer and challenging our encounter with art.
This is the fifth time that the Olbricht Foundation has invited young curators to develop their own ideas and perspectives on the Olbricht Collection and to curate a show for me Collectors Room Berlin as part of their Master’s degree in ‘Curating the Contemporary’ in the context of the collaboration between me Collectors Room Berlin / Olbricht Foundation with the London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery.
The exhibition is curated by Fabiola Flamini, Eilidh McCormick, and Alice Montanini.