Opening: Thursday, October 1, 7pm
As a director, screenwriter, artist and author, Harun Farocki (1944–2014) created an impressive body of work, including over 100 films, which defy categorization in a single genre: films made for the German television, feature films screened at major international festivals, later, to installations specifically designed for artistic venues and exhibited worldwide. He is known for his unique voice and experimental approach to the image and montage—constantly bringing the dialogue between image and image into a close-up—as well as for the way he formulates a critical discourse on history and social realities which he analyses meticulously by linking the political to the visual.
The exhibition Reality Would Have to Begin at the Art Encounters Foundation in Timișoara presents a large selection of Harun Farocki's films, videos and installations created from the 1980s to 2014, part of them in collaboration with the artist and director Antje Ehmann (b. 1968), with whom he’d been working since the early 2000s. A section of this exhibition focuses on his multi-channel video installations which make up an "archive of filmic expressions" (as Farocki called it) based on excerpts from the film history, found footage, and the method of pairing these fragments through soft-montage. Another part of the exhibition is dedicated to the film essays about the traces and history of Nazi concentration camps and the politics of a new visual typology generated by data banks and operative image archives, containing "more images than the eye can see". The third thematic section of the exhibition follows another recurrent theme of Farocki’s work: labor as reflected in a social-political context.
Above: Poster of the exhibition Harun Farocki: Reality Would Have to Begin