Fotomuseum Winterthur | Events | Wednesday, 18.11.2020, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Salvatore Vitale

Salvatore Vitale will look at surveillance cameras through a performative installation in a public space. Taking as a starting point his work How to Secure a Country, where he explores Switzerland’s formal and informal security measures, the artist will focus on the narratives and relationships triggered by surveillance apparatuses. Performed as a play of visibility and invisibility, online and offline audiences will be invited to interact in the construction of a filmic narrative in which “the watchers” and “the watched” will be brought together in an attempt to redefine the power relationships around the camera.

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.

Salvatore Vitale (born 1986, Palermo, Italy) is a Swiss-based visual artist, editor and educator. In his multi-layered artistic practice and research, Vitale’s work focuses on the development and complexity of modern societies exploring power structures, visual politics and technology, whilst making use of expanded documentary analysis, including elements of fiction, speculative storytelling and the use of multiple visual forms. His work incorporates photography, video, sound, writing, and oral discourse, communicated through books, talks, editorial contexts, teaching, and exhibition design.

In collaboration with Arte Urbana Lugano (AUL)

Kindly supported by: Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council