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Exhibitions

Hide and Seek: Projecting, Portraying, and Playing with Identity

  • Ain Cocke, Das Geheimnis des Garten [The Secret of the Garden], 2009. Oil on campus

  • Albano Afonso, Self-Portrait with Goya, 2003-2007. Photograph, perforated RC paper

  • Eva and Franco Mattes, Nyla Cheeky, 2006. Digital print on canvas

  • Joana Choumali, Trapped Soul from the series Alba’hian, 2019. Mixed media, embroidery and collage on digital photo printing on cotton canvas embroidery on chiffon and tulle over cotton.

About the Exhibition

The artworks in Hide and Seek: Projecting, Portraying, and Playing with Identity examine the evolution of portraiture as a platform for capturing how we construct and project our identities within both the analog and digital worlds we inhabit. Formed both in reaction and in response to our personal experiences, the identities we conceive and share allow us to navigate the world, alternately shielding or highlighting our vulnerability. Sampling from histories near and far by way of literature, film, social media, YouTube, blogs, and online forums, the artists in this exhibition subvert conventional images of power and beauty, and reinvent portraiture as a tool for exploring the poignant precarity and power of the contemporary human condition.

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