British, born 1963
Gillian Wearing’s photographs give new meaning to the notion of a strong family resemblance. All of the photographs in her series “Album” are self-portraits of the artist disguised as members of her extended family—her mother, father, uncle, sister, brother, and herself as a teenager. Wearing is known for her photographs and videos that explore human relationships and social behavior. With this work, she draws out the ambiguity of being connected to someone at the most basic, genetic level and yet being a very different individual at the same time.
Label from DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012, August 21, 2012–January 6, 2013