Over the last decade Jérôme Leuba has been putting together a corpus of works called “Battlefields” which not only display power relations but also, by creating ambiguous or singular situations, decipher the codes and strategies that govern images in our day and age.
This piece, conceived for Caméra(Auto)Contrôle, consists in a montage made from the archives left by a webcam filming Andy Warhol’s grave in Pittsburgh 24/7 from January to May 2016. There is a manifest connection here with Warhol’s radically long fixed shots (Empire, 6 hours), and also with his interest in nonevents. The piece is also a homage to the “15 minutes of fame” that Warhol declared would be our common lot. This prediction made in the 1960s anticipated our growing tendency to willingly overexpose our every little deed and gesture.
*1970, Geneva, lives and works in Geneva