"Behind Facelessness" is the title of my new exhibition at Alfonso Artiaco gallery in Napoli.
The exhibition will be constituted exclusively by "Pixel-Collage", my most recent work. I am still working and completely engaged with the problematic of pixelation. After my exhibitions "Pixel-Collage" at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, "New Pixel-Collage" at Dvir Gallery, Tel-Aviv in 2016 and "Pixel-Collage" at Kunsthal Aarhus at the beginning of 2017, I wanted to continue developing the thematic of pixels. The new is my statement that "Pixel-Collage" is not a technique, not a system but a decision. Putting or removing each pixel - or even cutting it into smaller pixel parts - is a decision. It's a political decision. In these "Pixel-Collage" I want to reinforce the aesthetical aspect with the beauty of the pixelated part in opposition to the non-pixelated part. The new of the "Pixel-Collage" also comes from my try to find, within the composition of each collage which serves as fundament, its very own logic as to what to pixelate and what to keep un-pixelated. The aim of "Behind Facelessness" is to focus on the non-systematic logic of the "Pixel-Collage". Finally, with "Behind Facelessness" I want to insist, even heavily on what interests me strongly, passionately today and makes me work in a kind of urgency and necessity. I believe that 'pixelation' or blurring, masking and furthermore censorship or self-censorship, is a growing and insidious problematic, also in regard the new social medias. Obviously I don't accept what has been pixelated in my place 'to protect me' and consequently don't pixelate what is usually concealed and meant to be removed, frustrate, censor or make non-visible.
Therefore with "Behind Facelessness", I want to show pixelation or blurring in its abstract aesthetic and question: How can abstraction be understood today? How can abstraction, through pixilation, engage me in today's world, time and reality? How can I redefine my idea of abstraction today? I want to integrate the growing phenomena of facelessness in pictures today. What interests me specifically about this aesthetic of facelessness, is its formal embodiment through pixelation. This "Pixelation" phenomenon, more and more common in the media, shows us that, in order to be authentic, a picture needs to be pixelated or partly pixelated. Pixelating has taken over the role of authenticity. A pixelated picture is surely authentic if it has unacceptable areas which are concealed while the acceptable is not pixelated. It is interesting to observe that the use of pixels follows no common law at all. Partly pixelated pictures look even more authentic and are accepted as such by viewers. It therefore seems clear that pixels stand for authentication: Authentication through authority. And, in our chaotic, incommensurable, contradictory and complex world there is a huge demand for authority. Pixels deliver an aesthetic to this demand for authority, for protection and for de-responsabilization.