Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait

Video-art pioneer Bill Viola believes that cameras are the keepers of souls. From the moment he first picked up a video camera as an art student in 1970, he was captured by the technology.

Art Exhibition previously on at Smithsonian in District of Columbia, United States.
From Friday 18 November 2016 to Sunday 07 May 2017

Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait image

Published by Smithsonian on Monday 01 February 2016.
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The exhibition Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait is the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition devoted to media art.

This exhibition reveals Viola’s constant, yet previously unrecognized, thematic interest in portraiture. Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait offers a selection of Viola’s works that focus on the face and the body, using his signature metaphors of water, light and spirituality. Unlike the selfies we see on social media each day, Viola’s works connect viewers of all backgrounds by using cutting-edge technology to create moving images that are emotional, searing, and profound. The exhibition includes Viola’s most contemplative portraits, such as his recent dual portrait of old age, Man Searching for Immortality/Woman Searching for Eternity (2013).