On View: Sep 7 2012 - Oct 15 2012
“While You Were Sleeping” is a body of work by Rafael Fuchs that deals with voyeurism.
It deals with the uneasy relationship between making, viewing and showing images that deliberately cross lines of privacy and propriety, since the subject is unaware of being observed, recorded and further more, whose image is displayed in public.
Is avoiding the opportunity of immortalizing a beautiful (and sometimes a mesmerizing) image of a loved one (or an acquaintance) is a victory over a “dark” obsession and proves being “respectful” to the subject, or a loss of a chance to gain a visual “trophy” ; a mechanism that is propelled by the artist’s desires and commitment to visually preserve the beauty and the intriguing?
In this body of work, some images are true to the voyeuristic genre and some are set-ups.
Some were never shown to the subject.
Further more, some will never be shown to the subject since, very sadly, the subject passed away from over-dose.
Including the still-life of the contents of the sleeping subject’s bag splashed on the floor is a metaphor for a deep fear of being unable to get a hold of our own lives.