DIG Pool 5: Art & Face (gLV)


Time: 10:00 - 18:00 o'clock

CW 16: 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 April

You can register from 3rd to 21st February 2021 by email to: You will be informed at the end of calendar week 8 about a possible participation.

Applications before the enrollment deadline will not be accepted.

Universität / Haute École
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Yvonne Wilhelm
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Content description

Especially in art, as can be seen for example in the increased presence of figurative (portrait) painting in exhibitions and discourses, the face is a place where imaginations of beauty, character and identity are negotiated. Slight shifts in facial symmetry or skin colour and quality provoke frivolous statements about the status as a human being, mental and moral state, cultural or ethnic affiliation, age or gender of the person being depicted. In this way, social inclusion/exclusion processes are produced, which are supported by manipulation of the face, by veiling, masking/unmasking and technological reconstruction.

Artists such as Kader Attia, Ellen Gallagher, Kate Cooper or Orlan work in long-term projects on the topos face and its relationship to social and individual identity politics.The aesthetic regimes of looking into the face are also addressed from a postcolonial perspective, such as Troubling Vision, New Black Figuratives, Phenomenologies of Whiteness, etc. And given the current crises, there will certainly be many stimulating and unexpected joint updates from all seminar participants.

About the lecturer:

Yvonne Wilhelm is an artist (part of the artist duo knowbotiq) and professor, teaching at the ZHdK MFA, who has been experimenting with forms and medialities of social imaginaries, visual regimes, and epistemic disobedience, with a certain focus on queer-feminist and post-/decolonial aspects. Her practical focus is on post-digital time-based formats, installative-performative settings, and research-led art.