Gillian Wearing has been exploring our public personas and private lives for the past two decades. She describes her working method as ‘editing life’. Using photography and video to record people’s confessions, her work explores disparities between individual and collective experience, drawing on fly-on-the-wall documentaries, reality TV, and techniques of theatre, to explore how we present ourselves to the world. Wearing won the 1997 Turner Prize, is an OBE and Royal Academician. She is represented by Maureen Paley, London; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.
This talk was followed by screenings of two films:
Goran Gostojić and Roberto Santaguida,
Canada, 2014, 10min
This short film takes an intimate look at the life of Goran Gostojić, a man with learning disabilities from Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia – offering a window into his inner life as he discusses his sense of the city and of community and his hopes of living a regular life despite his differences.
UK, 1987, 52 min
Christine follows a teenage girl as she drifts from house to house in a leafy West London suburb, servicing the needs of fellow school-age heroin addicts. The film is an uncompromising portrayal of a day in the life of a teenage drug addict. The groundbreaking director is known for his radical, and influential work for film and television.
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