FaceOn, an exhibition of contemporary documentary practice, explores and questions the complex and problematic relationship that exists between the photographer and the photographed.
FaceOn, an exhibition of contemporary documentary practice, explores and
questions the complex and problematic relationship that exists between the
photographer and the photographed. Each of the works by the featured artists -
Alfredo Jarr, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Mierle Ukeles, Jennifer Bornstein, Roddy
Buchanan, Adam Chodzko, Anna Fox and Alexa Wright- centres on the idea of people
as a site for photography, willingly involving themselves within, what is often,
an unequal social exchange/interaction.
Philip Lorca-diCorcia explores this theme in his portraits of male prostitutes, drifters and drug addicts, all taken in the glowing early evening light of Santa Monica Boulevard. The desire and fantasy set up by these staged portraits is played out against the reality of consumption and monetary exchange, evident in the fee Lorca-diCorcia paid his subjects to pose for him (disclosed as part of each photographs title) and the illuminated fast food signs and logos they are posed alongside.
In a specially commissioned piece for Open Eye Alexa Wright explores the photographic representation and interpretation of people who have killed. Through a series of portraits accompanied by taped or written interviews, 'Killers' questions how we analyse these faces and make moral judgements of the individuals depicted based on the spoken or textual narratives we are presented with.
Co-curator Mark Durden will be discussing themes relating to the exhibition with artists Anna Fox and Alexa Wright in a special event at Open Eye Gallery on Saturday 7 April at 2pm.
FaceOn was originated by Site Gallery, Sheffield. The exhibition was curated by Mark Durden and Craig Richardson who are also editors of the book FaceOn: Photography as Social Exchange.
FaceOn runs at the Open Eye Gallery, 28-32 Wood Street, Liverpool, England