2011, screen print on T-shirt, Size L, M, S, edition of 45, signed and numbered
Harun Farocki (*1944 in Nový Jičín, Sudetenland, †2015 in Berlin) worked as a filmmaker, curator and producer and with his work influenced the genre of essay and experimental documentary film. Characteristic of his image- and media-reflexive work is the critical analysis of economic power structures. Farocki took into account the singularity of the shot and commented the employed material, such as photos and found footage from feature or educational films, with a Brecht-like self-understanding. Since 1966, he had realized more than 100 productions for television or cinema. His film Die Umschulung (The Retraining) was awarded with the 1995 Adolf Grimme Award, the documentary Nicht ohne Risiko (Not without risk) 2006, with the Herbert Quandt Media Award and the movie Zum Vergleich (By Comparison) with the 2009 Arte Documentary Award. With his work Ohne Titel (Untitled) he printed the internal dispute in the art world, between success and freedom, recognition and monopolization, as a statement on a T-shirt.
Since 1996, Farocki participated in numerous solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, including Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2009); Tate Modern, London (2009); MoMA, New York (2011); Museum of Modern Art, Río de Janeiro (2012); MUAC, Mexico City (2014). Farocki was a participant of documenta 12 (2007) as well as of the biennials in Prague (2007), Sydney (2008), Shanghai (2008, 2014) and Venice (2013, 2015). From 2011 to 2014, Harun Farocki, with Antje Ehmann, realized the project Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit (Labour In A Single Shot), which was presented in 2015 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and at the Venice Biennale. From 1993 to 1999, Harun Farocki was a visiting professor at the University of California in Berkeley. Since 2004, he was a visiting professor and from 2006 to 2011, a full professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.