Gillian Wearing

Whitechapel Gallery

28 March – 17 June 2012

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This comprehensive survey of Gillian Wearing's work, which also premieres new films and sculptures, shows how the artist is both political  and poetic, finding the extraordinary in us all.

Gillian Wearing, Self Portrait at 17 Years Old, 2003

The Turner Prize winner's remarkable works draw on fly-on-the-wall documentaries, reality TV and the techniques of theatre, to explore how we present ourselves to the world.Wearing's portraits and mini-dramas reveal a paradox, given the chance to dress up, put on a mask or act out a role, the liberation of anonymity allows us to be more truly ourselves.

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The idea of performance runs throughout the exhibition, in works including Wearing's 1997 masterpiece, 10"16. Adults lip synch the voices and act out the physical tics of seven children in a captivating film which moves from the breathless excitement of a ten year old to the existential angst of an adolescent.Other highlights include Wearing's iconic 1992 series, Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say, where strangers are offered paper and pen to communicate their message.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sun, 11am – 6pm (Thu until 9pm)
Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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