The exhibition “Look at Me” examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shape a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits. Through the exhibition we are sharing about the artists and sections in “Look At Me!”.
Album assembles a series of portraits in which the artist adopts the identity of several members of her closest family, and her own as a teenager. Each image is based on old photographs taken when her relatives were young, except those of her grandparents, photographed in middle age. In order to make this piece, Wearing worked with a team of specialised technicians for over two years, modelling the masks and disguises and reproducing moods and personalities. Behind each character’s gaze are the eyes of the artist, subtly giving away the identity behind the mask. Album is a social portrait that explores different characters and stories, besides the genetic and psychological mark a family leaves on an individual, in this case the artist herself: “There is something of me, literally, in all of them; we are connected, but we are all very different”, she concludes.
(b.1963 Birmingham, Warwickshire, UK) lives and works in London. In Wearing’s photographs and videos, she records the confessions and interactions of ordinary people she befriends through chance encounters. Her work explores the differences between public and private life, the individual and society, voyeurism and exhibitionism, and fiction and fact. Solo exhibitions of Wearing’s work have been organized by Le Consortium in Dijon, France, Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, Serpentine Gallery in London, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundación “la Caixa” in Madrid, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, De Hallen in Amsterdam, and Galleria Civica de Arte Contemporanea di Trento. She was awarded the Turner Prize.
Our Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions in The ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection exhibition can be visited until March 4! During the exhibition we will be sharing more about the artists and sections at the exhibition. Stay tuned!