Before a light-flooded window frame, a young person, dressed in sportswear, including a hooded jacket, a shoulder bag and a ski mask, stands and looks out of the frame.
Before a light-flooded window frame, a young person, dressed in sportswear, including a hooded jacket, a shoulder bag and a ski mask, stands and looks out of the frame.
Christelle Oyiri, I SEE YOU, 2024, film still, courtesy of Christelle Oyiri

CHRISTELLE OYIRI

PONTOPREIS MMK 2024

AN EYE FOR AN “I”


They can’t be seen, but they have to see everything. They never stay fixed in one place. Without being noticed, they continually change their position and their vantage point. Despite the constant background noise, they pick up every sound. They are all eyes and ears. They know everyone—their habits, their movements. But no one sees them. They receive little payment but bear a huge responsibility. The choufs (chouf, meaning “see” or “look” in Arabic) stay at their posts, always on the alert. These discreet figures warn drug dealers immediately while remaining untraceable themselves.

In our present-day lives, it seems impossible to avoid being seen, observed, or analyzed. Cameras and cookies are watching every move, following each action, emotion, and thought. So how is freedom possible despite this? How can we feel free and think freely? How is it to oscillate between secrecy and having your sense of self located in the digital? Could the chouf be a model, a keystone of countersurveillance?

Christelle Oyiri (b. 1992), the winner of the 2024 PONTOPREIS MMK, has created a new immersive work for her solo exhibition at ZOLLAMTMMK. The PONTOPREIS MMK is awarded every two years by the Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung in cooperation with the MUSEUMMMKFÜR MODERNE KUNST.

In collaboration with:
Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung zur Förderung junger Künstler

Exhibition

24 Februar — 23 Juni 2024

ZOLLAMTMMK

Domstraße 3
60311 Frankfurt am Main


  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 19:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

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