Marina Abramovic
Victor Alimpiev
Laura Belem
Candice Breitz
Rä di Martino
Nathalie Djurberg
Kota Ezawa
Harun Farocki
Charlotte Ginsborg
Philippe Grammaticopoulos
Cao Guimaràes
Frank Hesse
Alfredo Jaar
Jesper Just
Clare Langan
Zhenchen Liu
Domenico Mangano
Jenny Marketou
Bjoern Melhus
Almagul Menlibayeva
Sarah Morris
Guy Ben Ner
Julia Oschatz
Isabel Rocamora
Marinella Senatore
Eve Sussman +
The Rufus Corporation

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung
Gillian Wearing
Arnold von Wedemeyer
Clemens von Wedemeyer +
Maya Schweizer

Suara Welitoff
Sislej Xhafa


worlds on video - international video art
curated by Anita Beckers
19th September 2008 – 2nd November 2008
Home l Programme l Education l Information l Italian
Nationality USA
Title Untitled (Blue)
Year 2007
Length 2’00’’, loop
Technical data Single Channel Video, Colour,
no sound, video on DVD
Courtesy Manuel de Santaren, Boston;
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston

Like the other two works making up Suara Welitoff’s Anonymous trilogy, Untitled (Blue) consists of one short sequence. In this case, a group of police officers, some carrying batons, pass in front of the camera with a police car in the background. At this point, the video begins again in a loop. The characters are barely recognizable and the movements slow. The bodies stand out against the background and blue is the only colour. The scene looks like something from a television news programme and recalls the typical images broadcast after an attack or violent clashes during a demonstration. The alienating processing of the material prevents exact identification of the event.

Suara Welitoff’s photographs, videos and items of video information recall the effects of the watercolours technique. The artist works on stock footage to produce blurred, schematic and monochromatic patches of colour in motion: abstract remains of a once realistic image taken from the mass media and nearly always involving episodes of war and violence. She thus eliminates the information contained in the original material and transposes the images into the free formal language of art. Her works are moving pictures that freeze a brief instant of the action, just like a painting. Spectators are faced with a message in isolated symbols that they must decipher on the basis of their knowledge. Unlike abstract painting, however, Suara Welitoff’s works are not completely detached from their object. Their origin in real communications through the media triggers memories in the spectator. The images seem familiar but their processing makes it impossible to reconstruct any direct link with the time and place in which they originated. The boundaries between the different media dissolve and the images become mute witnesses of collective memory.

Suara Welitoff (Jersey City, USA) has held solo shows at the MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and has taken part in group shows at Uovo/15 Magazine in Turin, NGBK in Berlin, the Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Portikus in Frankfurt and the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris. She lives and works in Boston.