Eli Cortiñas: The Excitement of Ownership, 2019

2-channel video installation, video still, Courtesy of the artist, Waldburger Wouters (Brussels and Basel)
and Soy Capitán (Berlin) © Eli Cortiñas



Pinakothek der Moderne | Kunst

Exhibition series on art photography in the digital age

The exhibition RESISTANT FACES inquires into the state of the portrait in the digital age and presents a collection of fourteen critical approaches to both visuality and reality from contemporary photography. In a present shaped by social media and public surveillance systems, the image of the human being has become part of a new culture of data-sharing, observation and control. On a total of 400 square meters, the positions presented in the exhibition address a new social understanding of autonomy and reveal visionary alternatives to algorithm-based facial recognition technologies.

With: Broomberg & Chanarin, Eli Cortiñas, Antye Guenther, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Esther Hovers, Basim Magdy, Frida Orupabo, Emmanuel Van der Auwera

"Fotografie heute" is organised by the Department of Photography and Media Art under the direction of Franziska Kunze. The series itself was initiated in 2016 by Inka Graeve Ingelmann (1960–2019).

Guest curator: Jana Johanna Haeckel, art historian, curator, and lecturer based in Brussels, Belgium.

The exhibition and catalogue were made possible by the generous funding of the ALEXANDER TUTSEK-STIFTUNG, Munich.


Exhibition film Resistant Faces

What does it mean to live in a digital present? The third and last edition of the exhibition series "Photography Today" entitled "Resistant Faces" (27.11.2020 - 11.04.2021) provides in-depth insights into the individual works and perspectives of the assembled artists with this film complementing the exhibition. Exhibition views are mixed with excerpts from the video works, close-ups of the photographs and additional pointed statements by the participants. The resulting dense cinematic essay discusses not only the status of the portrait in the digital age, but also issues such as digital surveillance and the increasingly racially motivated programming of algorithms. It also shows how contemporary artists confront these pressing issues.  

The exhibition, publication and film were made possible by the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich.