Privacy—today, that sometimes feels like a word from a different era. It seems hardly applicable at a time when people post everything on Facebook, from their current relationship status down to intimate pictures. Exhibitionism and voyeurism are the social strategies of our lives. Today’s art uses photographs, Polaroids, cell phone pictures, films, objects, and installations to focus on do- mestic scenes and personal secrets.
In the present book and the exhibition of the same title at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, numerous contemporary artists explore the evanescence of the private sphere and the resulting “public intimacy”: Ai Weiwei, Merry Alpern, Michel Auder, Evan Baden, Richard Billingham, Mike Bouchet, Stan Brakhage, Sophie Calle, Tracey Emin, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Nan Goldin, Christian Jankowski, Birgit Jürgenssen, Edgar Leciejewski, Leigh Ledare, Leo Gabin, Christian Marclay, Ryan McGinley, Jenny Michel and Michael Hoepfel, Marilyn Minter, Gabriel de la Mora, Mark Morrisroe, Laurel Nakadate, Peter Piller, Martha Rosler, Jörg Sasse, Dash Snow, Fiona Tan, Mark Wallinger, Andy Warhol, Michael Wolf, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Akram Zaatari