Fotomuseum Winterthur | Events | Wednesday, 04.11.2020, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Maria Guta

In this very special Screen Walk you’ll meet Iris for a live Q&A session spiced up with surprise rituals and routines all of which offer glimpses into Iris’s fascinating mind and her lavish home in Switzerland. Iris is a character invented by artist Maria Guta in collaboration with artist Lauren Huret. She is the embodiment of their common fascination for over-hyped social media celebrities and influencers. A phenomenon where celebrities are seen as fabricated identities and have become true political and religious icons of today’s society. The event will be also a commentary on the relationship between humans and their media image, the knowledge they convey and the influence on the psyche of other members of their species. Escape “media bewitchment”. Join Iris.

In Screen Walks, a series of live-streamed explorations of digital spaces, selected artists and researchers investigate artistic strategies taking place online. The project gives an insight into practices using the screen as a medium. From re-contextualising pictures found on online marketplaces and uncovering data brokers’ invisible circulation of images to analysing in-game photography and the social, political and economic implications of games – Screen Walks examines various approaches, offers a behind-the-scenes look at artists’ work and uncovers new, current and forgotten digital spaces. Screen Walks is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Maria Guta (1983, Bucharest) is a Romanian artist based in Switzerland. Her work mainly looks into mechanisms of self-representation which she re-enacts by placing herself both behind and in front of the camera. Perpetually constructing and curating alternate cyber-identities, she makes use of immersive digital tools and social media in her work. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The National University of Arts in Bucharest and an MA in Art Direction from École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL).

Kindly supported by: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council