Who is this person? What was their childhood like? Who do they aspire to be? Uncanny probes the misperception of others that arises from value judgements based on appearance, commonplace in our everyday social interactions. The portraits allow the sitter to present ‘as’ themselves, without stylisation or adornment. This approach seeks to separate the sitter from their online personas, which are often based on distorted versions of ‘the self’ in response to societal pressures. Self-consciously employing the limitations and ambiguities associated with the photographic portrait, the work opens a space for reflecting on forms of discrimination based on visual representation, which still go quietly unchallenged in society and are now manifesting in artificial intelligence software such as facial recognition.
Kate Chuang • Tamara Clarke • Cody Froggatt • Charlotte Henry • Yuru Huang • Lewis Marchant • Mercedes Ridge • Darcey Thompson • Jaime Tozer • Wenze Wang •