Last year's winner of the Deutsche Börse prize, British artist John Stezaker is interested in the many uses and meanings of photographic pictures.

Stezaker's surreal collages use found images from film magazines, vintage postcards and illustrations to address the way photographs can be used as documents of truth, manifestations of memory or symbols of popular culture.

This display is a chance to see his couplings of male and female identities, which have been spliced into unified characters.

The collages subvert traditional artistic training such as anatomical study and life drawing, referencing the source material of Arthur Thompson’s book Anatomy for Art Students, a core text for students at the Slade School of Art until the 1970s.

Their irreconciliation works to both complement and detract from the portrait as a whole.

Contemporary Art Society

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