© Oliver Mark : Cate Blanchett, Berlin 2005
Stanley Kubrick called his last film EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) a game of deception between illusion and reality, a sort of mantling and dismantling based on Schnitzler's "Dream Story". Similarly, the German photographer Oliver Mark (born in 1963 in Gelsenkirchen) plays with masquerade and dreams in his images creating an impressive closeness to the people portrayed. Stars like Cate Blanchett, Mia Farrow and Will Smith are staging dreams in front of Marks camera as if suggested by the photographer. Mark names his exhibition Shuteye, where Kubrick's colleagues Spike Lee, Lars von Trier and Wes Anderson can be seen with their eyes shut, seemingly sleeping or dreaming. It comes as no surprise, since Mark often portrays famous people, amongst them artists like Louise Bourgois and Jörg Immendorf who don't like to be in front of the camera.