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Gillian Wearing – Family Stories


© Gillian Wearing, Self Portrait at Three Years Old, 2004. Gillian Wearing. Courtesy: Maureen Paley, London; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

The respected British artist Gillian Wearing is engrossed by people and their relations. In a new exhibition she shows both touching and unpleasant stories of families and solidarities.

Gillian Wearing - Famlily Stories: 13.October - 7. January 2018

In her works Gillian Wearing (b. 1963) gives perfectly ordinary people a voice – documenting private narratives, examining family constructs and exploring the boundaries between the private and the public.

She often incorporates herself or members of her family directly in her art, raising questions about how relationships with other people help shape our identity.

"I just look for situations where there is an element of truth. People can't relate to a made-up fantasy of what a family is; they might aspire to it for themselves. But if they are to view someone else's situation then they want something that is honest," says Gillian Wearing.