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"FACE/OFF: a portrait of the artist"
2002-11-09 until 2003-01-05
Kettle's Yard Gallery
UK United Kingdom
Face/Off is an exhibition of self-portraits, and brings together many works
by some of the most interesting contemporary artists over the last few
years. "There is, in my opinion, only one conclusion that may be drawn from the
idea that the self is not given to us: we must create ourselves as works of
art" – Michel Foucault
However, these are no conventional self-portraits. As the title suggests,
there will be few, if any, faces in the exhibition. Rather, the works
suggest alternative ways, perhaps more accurate, certainly more playful, by
which an artist might portray him or herself today. In rejecting the face
as the site of the self-portrait, the artist also rejects traditional ideas
about who or what an artist is and how they should behave. In losing a
face, the artist gains a new life. As Flaubert put it so gnomically,
"Madame Bovary, c’est moi."
That the exhibition should be held in Cambridge, where Newton first
de-centred Man, and the genome project unravelled him completely, seems
From the conceptual to the visceral, the exhibition will contain sculpture,
photography, painting, drawing, film and writing.
There will be new work by Jane Bustin, Kate Davis, Andy Goldsworthy, Peter
Harris, Scott King, Paul Noble, George Shaw, Jemima Stehli, Stuart Taylor
and Amikam Toren.
Other artists in the exhibition include Elina Brotherus, Tracey Emin, Tom
Friedman, Emma Kay, Sean Landers, Michael Landy, Antonia Low, Sarah Lucas,
Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gavin Turk, and Gillian Wearing.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with a
text by Mark Gisbourne.