500 Self Portraits.PORTRAYED
Since the release of the original PhaIdon published book, ‘Five Hundred Self Portraits’ in 1937 the world has changed tremendously. As the world has evolved, so has the need to capture and showcase our self image.
The newly revised edition of ‘Five Hundred Self Portraits’ features work by celebrated artists such as Dürer, Rembrandt, Marina Abramović, David Hockney, and Cindy Sherman, but has also been expanded to include the portraits marginal figures, feminist artworks different ethnic and geographical backgrounds.
Although these two books are based in different era’s, the central theme and concept are the same. Over time the idea of self documentation has only grown and has created a new realm in which artists can play and discover. The spectrum becomes broadened and inclusive, self documentation is something everyone can feel and agree upon.
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Alexandra Leese is a half-Chinese, half-English photographer. She was raised in Hong Kong until the age of eleven, then moved to London to study. Growing up she never noticed the divide that was created between biracial and non-racial people, but as she got older the gap became more and more apparent. This lead Leese to the need to “blend in”. “When I was younger I wasn't aware of being ‘the other’.” Said Leese," But as I got older, I realised people would describe me as ‘the girl from Hong Kong', so I adapted and quickly became very English. The older I got, the more I realised that was something I had done.” While studying fine art at Chelsea College of Art, Alexandra started gravitating to photography.
The calling and discovery of her home came strong. Alexandra travelled to Hong Kong with the intention of exploring what it meant to be young, modern and Chinese. She needed to know how the other half of her roots lived and...
An Occupation of Loss.CHANTED
Artist Taryn Simon is the curator of the performance “An Occupation of Loss”. The work is an exploration through mourning and the differences between each variation of grief through different cultural lenses. Simon has gathered professional mourners from 15 different countries including, Ghana, Greece Azerbaijan, Cambodia and Burkina Faso.
From loud vibrant performances to grouped moments of silence each of these countries have their own expression and culture to mourning. In Borneo, female mourners are said to take a perilous journey alongside the diseased to the other side. “I have heard this kind of mourning referred to as melodicised speech and also as tuneful weeping,” Simon said “It can sound like music, but it is not music. It is a heightened expression of loss that comes from a place beyond words, beyond language, a purely sonic experience.” After witnessing the different ways of mourning, Simon created an opportuni...
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