Jedes Bild ist ein leeres Bild

Jedes Bild ist ein leeres Bild
DE 2014
Jedes Bild ist ein leeres Bild (Filmstill)
© Christoph Faulhaber
Jedes Bild ist ein leeres Bild (Filmstill)
© Christoph Faulhaber
Jedes Bild ist ein leeres Bild (Filmstill)
© Christoph Faulhaber
Jedes Bild ist ein leeres Bild (Filmstill)
© Christoph Faulhaber

There is the idea that public space is an actuality without prerequisites, which has evolved around us without alternative. For quite a while now, Christoph Faulhaber has countered such ideas with apparently naive questions. He simply re-dedicates intimidations and prohibitions and uses them as material for his equally subversive and meaningful statements.
Faulhaber has clear ideas of what the “venue” of art should be. His performances neither take shape in a safe studio nor are they presented exclusively behind the well cleaned windows of galleries. He prefers to stage his experiments against the order of the ruling systems right in the midst of society. After he was prohibited from taking photos of a US embassy, for example, he simply turned the tables and guarded the embassy so it wouldn’t be photographed by the public. This action in turn was documented on photographs that he then exhibited at documenta 12 – without an official invitation, of course –, which was promptly terminated. When he tried to enter the US as a German scholarship holder with a legal visa later, he was interrogated and urged to leave the country.
What this film teaches us in the most inspiring manner: the negotiation of power and the part images play in this process.
Ralph Eue

Documentary 2014, 70 Minutes