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