British Artist Gillian Wearing turns the lens on herself in this exploration of memory and mortality.
Inspired by documentaries, reality television and the performative nature of identity, British artist Gillian Wearing describes her approach to photography and video as “editing life”. Presented for PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography, this exhibition focuses on how Wearing turns the lens on herself to contemplate self-representation and the nature of aging in the contemporary world.
After asking collaborators to imagine how she might look at 70, Wearing used artificial intelligence and age-processing tools to depict her possible future selves. Printed on wallpaper wrapping the gallery, these huge self-portraits highlight the unpredictability of time, revealing the limitations of what we believe to be pioneering technology and further emphasising the uncertainty of what lies ahead.
On-screen we meet a series of strangers who appear to look like the artist. Collaborating with advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, Wearing created a deepfake by mapping an AI digital mask of her face onto others. Using this technology, Wearing asks us to question contemporary media culture and how reality can be distorted.
Presented for PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography.
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