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.
Learn more about the New Work series.