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Showcaller* is the first book exploring the work of emerging artist Talia Chetrit. It brings together a broad range of her work created between 1994 and 2018 and is linked to a retrospective museum exhibition at Kölnischer Kunstverein in early 2018. The title Showcaller is a theatrical term which references the performative aspects of Chetrit’s work, the power dynamics between subject and photographer, and, ultimately, between the photographer and her audience.
The earliest works included were created when Chetrit was a teenager, and she adroitly collapses and shuffles images from across 24 years and neutralizes the space between family portraits, teenage friends, intimate sex pictures, self-portraits, staged murder pictures, still lifes, and street photographs, to name just a few of the subjects and genres her work adopts. Regardless of the subject matter or the technique with which the image is made, her focus lies on researching and unveiling the basic social, conceptual and...