Watching Me Watching You
Mixed media, 2021
Tracey Snelling recreates architectural mockups of existing places as well as ones made up of memories of different buildings; streets, neighbourhoods, illuminated signs or film scenes. The multi-storey brick building was inspired by Rear Window by Hitchcock where the protagonist kills time forcibly spent at home furtively observing through the window scenes from other people’s lives. The film’s script is about the voyeur aspect of social cohabitation and the building’s windows are replaced by images from the endless flow in social media and internet. Screens are the windows into someone else’s intimate space which is nowadays on display, evaluated, commented and rented through subscription.
Tracey Snelling (1970, USA) has exhibited in international museums and institutions, including the The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Belgium; Palazzo Reale, Milan; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany; and El Museo de Arte de Banco de la Republica, Bogota, among other places. She has had solo exhibitions throughout the US as well as in China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, London, and Italy. In 2015 she received the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. In 2017, Snelling was awarded a fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, and also completed permanent sculptural commissions at the Historisches Museum Frankfurt and Facebook offices in California. Snelling showed an installation in the Arsenale at the Venice Biennale 2019, sponsored by Swatch, and in the Havana Biennale 2019. She has been chosen for the 2021 Roman J. Witt Residency/Fellowship at the University of Michigan (postponed to 2022) and the Tokyo Art and Space International Creator Residency Program 2020 (postponed to 2022). Snelling was recently awarded the Foundwork Art Prize, 2020. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.