Sylvie Blocher; Living Pictures/Men in Gold (still), 2007; Commissioned by SFMOMA, courtesy the artist and Art & Public, Geneva; © 2007 Sylvie Blocher/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
French artist Sylvie Blocher has been working on her ongoing Living Pictures video series since 1992. Each work follows a basic format: the artist recruits volunteers, then conducts filmed interviews with these subjects. Editing the videos into a compilation, Blocher creates a group portrait out of individual encounters. Her interviewing technique opens up possibilities for personal response and reflection, touching on issues such as identity, privacy, memory, and the authority of the artist. This exhibition features Living Pictures/Je et Nous, a project in which Blocher filmed volunteers wearing T-shirts printed with statements they had written. In addition, it includes the new Bay Area-based installment commissioned by SFMOMA, Living Pictures/Men in Gold, which focuses on individuals who have become successful working in Silicon Valley's high-tech industry.
The New Work series is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is generously supported by Collectors Forum, the founding patron of the series. Major funding is also provided by the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Nancy and Steven H. Oliver and Robin Wright. Additional support for Sylvie Blocher is provided by Cultural Services, Consulate General of France in San Francisco, and Bay Area Video Coalition.