Christelle Oyiri, I SEE YOU, 2024 / Film still / Courtesy of Christelle Oyiri
Christelle Oyiri: AN EYE FOR AN I
Feb 24 – Jun 23, 2024
ZOLLAMT / MMK
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

They can’t be seen, but they have to see everything. They never stay fixed in one place. Without being noticed, they continually change their position and their vantage point. Despite the constant background noise, they pick up every sound. They are all eyes and ears. They know everyone – their habits, their movements. But no one sees them. They receive little payment but bear a huge responsibility. The choufs (chouf, meaning “see” or “look” in Arabic) stay at their posts, always on the alert. These discreet figures warn drug dealers immediately while remaining untraceable themselves.

In our present-day lives, it seems impossible to avoid being seen, observed, or analyzed. Cameras and cookies are watching every move, following each action, emotion, and thought. So how is freedom possible despite this? How can we feel free and think freely? How is it to oscillate between secrecy and having your sense of self located in the digital? Could the chouf be a model, a keystone of countersurveillance?

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