Identity and Self-portraiture

Self-portraiture was the central theme for this week's sessions.  We discussed self-portraiture in the context of gender, politics, constructing identity, challenging stereotypes and as photo-therapy. We looked at primary artists who have influenced contemporary thinking about self portraiture and some contemporary practitioners who build on these ideas. We discussed the intentionality of the work and discussed the appropriateness of self portraiture. Key words to think about: Performance – Embody – Self Portraiture – Selfie – Identity – Phototherapy – Stereotype – Role play Click on the image below to see this week's lecture slides: Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 4.19.46 PM           This week's task - A ‘Self Portrait’ Portrait (Post on G+ community page by April 27 for class feedback)
Building on the class discussions your task is to make your own self portrait. This brief can be interpreted as broadly as you like. Consider what point you would like to make and how best to perform that role. Experimentation is encouraged. What medium are you going to use? Colour, Black and White? What format are you going to use? What presentation may support the portrait? Do you need to make more than one image? Whose image is it? How did you negotiate the story with the participant? What are you trying to reveal in the image?
List of relevant Photographers/Artists discussed: Juno Calyso (2015) Honeymoon Suit Claude Cahun (1912-1932) Self Portraits Catherin Opie (1993/4) Self Portraits Jo Spence (1979) Beyond the Family Album Jo Spence (1981-82) Remodelling Photo History Jo Spence (1982-1986) The Picture of Health Frida Kahlo (1944) The Broken Column Sam Taylor-Wood (2001) Self Portrait in a Single Breasted Suit with Hare Elina Brotherus (2009-14) The Annunciation Cindy Sherman (1977-80) Film Stills & (2008) Society Portraits #Untitled Gillian Wearing (2003) Album Hans Eijkelboom (1970’s) Family Portraits Trish Morrissey (2001-04) Family Portraits Nicki S Lee (1997-2001) Projects Samuel Fosso (1970’s) Self Portraits Shadi Ghadirian (2008-09) Self Portraits Amalia Ulman: (2014) Excellences and perfections Tracy Emin (1998) My Bed Tim Soter (2001) Self-Portrait Ben Eldin (2016) Self Portrait Grayson Perry (2015) Who do we think we are?   and some further reading... Bright, S. (2010) Auto Focus. Thames & Hudson Doy, G (2005) Picturing the self: Changing view of the subject in visual culture. I. B. Taurus Hall, S. (1997) Representation: cultural representations and signifying practices. London Thousand Oaks, California: Sage in association with the Open University. Miller, D. (2015) Photography in the Age of Snapchat. RAI Olin, M. (2012) Touching Photographs. University of Chicago Press Moorhouse, P. (2014) Cindy Sherman. Phadion Publishing Spence, J. (1986) Putting myself in the picture: A political personal and photographic autobiography. Camden Press.   Catalogues (2010) Identity & Identification. Black Dog Publishing. London (2016) Performing for the camera. Tate publishing   Further references and resources are on the end of the powerpoint slide presentation and will continue to be disseminated through @picbod and G+ community page. Featured Image