Kneubühler’s piece Private Property involves a series of photographs of the spaces of private corporate property and portraits of the personnel who are tasked with securing them. The representations of the empty spaces of commerce mimic angles of surveillant viewing, highlighting the omnipresent technologies monitoring movement and access. The images of the security personnel portraits frame the guards within these empty, often lonely, spaces as the sole human presence, and highlight the presence of those who are often unseen behind the camera. As such, Private Property explores the relationship of the personal and impersonal in various systems of security and surveillance, and examines who and what commands the authority to watch and control.
Client:Thomas Kneubühler, Private Property, 2006. C-prints. Image courtesy of the artist. © Thomas Kneubühler.View Project