Turner prize-winning artist, Gillian Wearing, has a new exhibition from March 28th – June 17th 2012, at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
The exhibition presents a number of photographic portraits, videos and explores the difference or presentation of our public personas to our personal lives. It investigates this contradiction through reality TV, theatre and documentaries.
Wearing is obviously intrigued with the idea that by concealing themselves in something obvious that they do not identify with, people in fact become liberated and ultimately anonymity allows people to be more confidently, themselves.
The collection features art from several others of Wearing’s artwork over the years. Her 1992 series, ‘Signs that say what you want them to say, and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say’ displays many photographs of people who were invited to write and communicate whatever came to their mind on a blank piece of paper.
New films and sculptures are also present in the exhibition as well as the performance artwork that originally won the artist the Turner prize in 1997, called ’10-16,’ in which adults lip synch and act to the voices of children from 10 to 16 years old.
On Thursday 7th June there will be a gallery talk with Wearing herself from 7pm.