Exhibition

New Work

Sylvie Blocher

February 23–May 13, 2007

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.

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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.


Exhibition Preview

  • An image of a man sitting in front of a patterned wall.

    New Work: Sylvie Blocher (installation view, SFMOMA), 2007

  • An image of a man sitting in front of a patterned wall

    New Work: Sylvie Blocher (installation view, SFMOMA), 2007

  • An image of a man in front of a green wall wearing a sweatshirt that says "I miss her all the time" in both English and French

    New Work: Sylvie Blocher (installation view, SFMOMA), 2007

  • An image of a woman in front of a green background wearing a sweatshirt that says "I want to live in a world without war or misery" in both English and French

    New Work: Sylvie Blocher (installation view, SFMOMA), 2007

  • An image of a woman standing in front of a green background wearing a hijab and a sweatshirt that says "I marvel at the sunset" in both English and French.

    New Work: Sylvie Blocher (installation view, SFMOMA), 2007