This body of work plays on a sexualised representation of the self to expose the paradox inherent to self-portraiture: the performance of the self as other. The display of otherness, projected through the performative event of the photograph, shifts our conception of self-portraiture. Here, the performative action is foregrounded over the commonplace aestheticised outcome to reveal an exaggeration of the self, pointing to how subjectivity is constructed performatively. The palpable awkwardness of the work underscores this contradiction in its disclosure of something more candid ordinarily buried within the periphery of the performative event of the self-portrait. Here, we are reminded that ultimately this work exists as a succession of small-scale performances executed exclusively for the camera.
Alex Burgess • Emma Gruner • Sophie Lowden • Katie Pankowski • Alex Rimmer • Benjamin Whitley •