KRISTINA STEINBOCK

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Curtain Call
2011
HD Video 36.00 min

The video explores the relationship between theatre, film and classic portraiture. Over the course of the 36 minute film, the spectator engages in almost painful eye contact with a total of seven actors who have just stepped off the stage, the characters they were playing still embedded in make-up made runny by sweat. These almost static sequences follow in the wake of the tradition for painting or sculpting actors while in character as their best-known roles, as can be seen in e.g. the foyers of the Royal Danish Theatre, but here that tradition is turned inside out, becoming a questioning of where the role ends and identity begins – a critical, investigative gaze that Steinbock uses as a method and as a theme in her works.