1649490399 Quote of the Week Gillian Wearing
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09/04/2022

Quote of the Week Gillian Wearing

1649490398 863 Quote of the Week Gillian Wearing“Throughout my work, I have been interested in what is real and what is not real. It’s such a complex question because we live mostly in our heads: we have thousands of thoughts a day, some of those thoughts are projections of ideas, of how our days or weeks might be. They are subjective, but real to us.” —Gillian Wearing (1963)

Gillian Wearing’s photographs reveal the disconnect between inner lives and public personas. They alternately embrace ironic, confessional, poignant, and unsettling sensibilities. Inspired by documentary television, Wearing’s portraits grant access to the inner lives of strangers and to the artist herself. Some of her most famous works include Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992–93), for which she stopped random passersby in London, inviting them to write their thoughts on a card before photographing them, and films such as Confess All on Video. Don’t Worry, You Will Be in Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian (1994), in which her subjects don disguises and confess their deepest secrets. Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997. Her work belongs in the collections of the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Tate, and England’s Arts Council Collection.

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