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La Fenêtre (The Window)

Gianfranco Foschino (Chilean, born 1983). La Fenêtre, 2008. HDV video, edition 1/5; running time: 14 minutes. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman, by exchange, 2010 (2010:33a-b). © 2008 Gianfranco Foschino

© Gianfranco Foschino

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© Gianfranco Foschino

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Gianfranco Foschino

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Gianfranco Foschino

Chilean, born 1983

La Fenêtre (The Window), 2008

HDV video

Edition: 1/5

running time: 14 minutes; overall: 45 11/16 x 29 15/16 x 7 inches (116.05 x 76.04 x 17.78 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman, by exchange, 2010

2010:33a-b

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Provenance

I-20 Gallery, New York;
October 5, 2010, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Video art

Work Type

Video art

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Although Gianfranco Foschino’s La Fenêtre seems to be a still photograph at first glance, it is really a segment of video cut from hours of footage. To create a work like La Fenêtre, the artist installs an unmanned camera in a discrete location with the hope that its presence will go unnoticed and not shape the behavior of those caught on tape. His artfully framed domestic window reveals a series of quiet, unremarkable actions; the building’s inhabitants spend their time gazing outward while cars and passersby traverse the bottom edge of the frame. Foschino’s prolonged observation of such non-events prompts us to consider the way the artist has captured our time and somewhat voyeuristic attention. 

Label from The Swindle: Art Between Seeing and Believing, May 26–October 28, 2018

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