This project draws attention to the troubling issue of identity theft and identity masking in the online world. By now, we all have received that message on Instagram asking us to accept gifts and because they just love your work so much, they will give it to you for free - you just pay the shipping. With Covid, many have been exposed to a new wave of frauds that sound amazing or scary, which anyone could fall for easily and accept as just someone wanting to help them. Texts, calls, emails, DMs are constantly catching people out. The portraits catch the eye in all their grotesquery, forcing the viewer to look further into the image, find the text and be reminded of how easy it is to be fooled by innocent messages.
Michael Croghan • Arman Duzel • Mary Furlong • Jordan Hearns • Isabel Mullarney • Grace Scully •