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Solo Exhibition


Yvon Chabrowski

For her current series of works, the artist Yvon Chabrowski (born in East Berlin) dealt with the functioning of three surveillance and recognition systems designed to recognize and evaluate faces, movements or feelings. In a setting consisting of video installation and live performance, she makes several aspects of these systems visually and spatially experienceable and opens up a fragmented view of the relationship between image and body. The series of works is particularly topical due to the surveillance system presented in the summer of 2017 at Berlin’s Südbahnhof (train station), which is intended to identify the faces of people by means of real-time data collection.


Four video installations and a live performance will be presented in the exhibition FACES AND MOVEMENTS by visual artist Yvon Chabrowski in February 2018 at the Dorothée Nilsson Gallery in Berlin. Two of them are described below.

One of the video installations is FACIAL EMOTIONS ONE TO FIVE AND A TO E. The filmed performance is based on the so-called FACS – Facial Action Coding System, according to which current surveillance systems are supposed to recognize and classify six feelings on the basis of a person’s facial expression. The resulting video installation shows two different faces, staged in the tradition of a Greek mask performing the six different facial expressions: Joy, grief, fear, surprise, disgust, anger.

The video installation DYNAMICS records the dynamics that unfold within a group in which every individual unconsciously responds to the movements of his or her neighbor: a swarm. The cameras’ frames delimit the boundaries of the performance space. Thus the recording medium itself influences the events taking place in front of the lens, bringing forth the happenings it records. The “view from above” is the perspective of the surveillance camera, meant to ensure the controllability of a situation, for instance at mass demonstrations. However, even with the help of this double perspective the actual events can hardly be reconstructed: Each camera image captures a slightly different dynamic, a different moment of escalation, a diverging narrative—although both videos show the very same moment, they by no means appear synchronous.

Yvon Chabrowski studied Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig under Timm Rautert and Florian Ebner as well as Fine Art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. She was a master student of Peter Piller. In her works, she deals with media-based pictorial formulas, which she separates from her context and thus both alienates and makes tangible in the first place. In this way, her sculptural video installations convey an awareness of the grammar and manipulation strategies of omnipresent media images. Her work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, including the EIGEN & ART Lab in Berlin (2009) and (2014), the 4th Moscow Biennale for Young Art (2014) and the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein (2016). In 2017 she took part in the 5th Odessa Biennial “Turbulence” and “Between Post-truths and Events”, Frestas Trienal, São Paulo, Brazil.

Feb 3 — March 31, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 2, 6 – 9 pm
Artist Tour: Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018, 6 pm
Talk: Susanne Holschbach in conversation with Yvon Chabrowski, Saturday, March 17, 5 pm
Live Performance CASSANDRA/BEWEGUNGSMUSTER: Saturday, March 3 + 24, 2018, each 5 pm

Potsdamer Straße 65, 10785 Berlin
[Tiergarten | Mitte]

Opening hours: Wed – Sat 12 – 6 pm

Admission free

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