GurnersThrough my photographic portraits I have attempted to capture the competitive performance of the Gurn, transplanting it from its stage setting and re-present it within the context of the gallery. The series presents the viewer with performers who contort their faces, and as a consequence, appear to contort or change their characters. The contorted face and expression feel like alien phenomena to most of us. It is not an emotional expression easily read or that carries clearly decipherable social meanings, playfully distorting the viewer's understanding of what expression is. These performers are like real life caricatures. The series of typological photographs respects the performative skill and nature of the Gurn, encouraging/allowing the viewer to judge the quality of the performance.
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