Look at me, 2011
Lisa Roehrichdownload MP3 (5.07 MB)
Lisa Roehrich examines minority or stigmatised social groups and the ways individuals within thesegroups come to define themselves. Her initial work has focused on skinheads, gypsies and also fashion models, whom she considers in light of the stereotypes that generally attend them.Wishing to consolidate her work and to distance herself from the subjective documentary approach of her earlier years, from 2008 the artist decided to film her subjects in the manner of AndyWarhol’s “Screen Tests”. Contrary to her illustrious predecessor, whose filmed portraits revealed his fascination for celebrity, she uses this method to film unknown people. Bewildered by the image ofyoung people and their representation in our society, she directed her research towards adolescents; as it happens, towards those who regularly gathered in front of a shopping centre in her town.The protagonists were instructed to present themselves in whichever way they choose to appear. On a formal level, the video and the decision to film at night contributed to the dramatization of thesubjects, reinforcing their presence in the picture, while resorting to slow-motion accentuated their ambiguity towards the fixed image.Lisa Roehrich subsequently continued her project in Lebanon, where she analysed the position of youths within in a particular politico-religious environment that was not conducive to theexpression of individual identity. For her contribution this summer to the 2011 Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, she has chosen to return to the adolescents of her town and to explore new paths.Aside from its sociological import, this work entitled “Look at me” considers the question of time in the process of perception and its effects upon the content of artistic expression. www.la-bu.com
Lisa Roehrich(1981, Genève) vit et travaille à Vevey. Elle est titulaire d’un CFC de photographe de l’Ecole de photographie de Vevey(CEPV) et d’un Bachelor of Arts en communication visuelle, département de photographie, de la Haute école d’art etde design de Lausanne (ECAL). Elle est membre du collectif BU (Bastards Union) et travaille pour l’agence Rezo. Sa sériede vidéos « Limbo » a été exposée en 2010 au Photoforum PasquArt, Bienne, dans le cadre de SELECTION | AUSWAHL 10.