British artist Gillian Wearing explores the lives of ordinary people through her photographs and films, often masking her subjects and using staging techniques to challenge the public and private identities of her individuals.
This monograph provides an overview of the artist’s work from the early, iconic photographs of people holding up signs with written personal confessions or thoughts, titled Signs that Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992 – 93), to her latest video Bully (2010) in which the roles of victims and perpetrators, actors and directors are blurred.
The publication accompanies a major international survey of the artist’s work at Whitechapel Gallery, London, K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich – which includes new photographic works; two portraits from her ongoing series of iconic photographers and still lives of flowers which are inspired by the rich symbolism of seventeenth-century Dutch painting.
Over 50 full colour illustrations and never before published archived material are accompanied by new texts by the exhibition’s curators, Daniel F. Herrmann, Doris Krystof and Bernhart Schwenk.
Gillian Wearing, at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 28 March – 17 June 2012; and touring to K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.