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Secrets and Lies

© Gillian Wearing

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© Gillian Wearing

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Gillian Wearing

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Gillian Wearing

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Gillian Wearing

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Gillian Wearing

British, born 1963

Secrets and Lies, 2009

video for monitor with sound

Edition: 3/5 plus 2 artist's proofs

running time: 53 minutes, 16 seconds

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman, by exchange, Edith Seimons and Irene Pirson MacDonald Funds, 2011

2011:38

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Provenance

the artist;
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, August 30, 2011

Class

Motion pictures

Work Type

Artist's film

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Gillian Wearing explores the disparities between public and private life, and notions of taboo, fear, and self-awareness. With the premise of portraiture as the basis of her practice, her earliest photographs candidly reveal individuals through their image and their words. In her recent works, Wearing’s subjects are in disguise. She interviews them in a manner that builds a sense of trust and often leads to the airing of unsettling narratives. To create Secrets and Lies, Wearing recorded the intimate confessions of ordinary people wearing mannequin-like masks and wigs to conceal their identities. The sitters were gleaned from an advertisement that Wearing placed online inviting volunteers to “confess all” on video. Presented in a heavily framed space, viewers are invited to enter this private, cryptic world. Provoking psychoanalysis and Judeo-Christian beliefs, Wearing provides a safe environment to contemplate the things that are better left unsaid.

Label from Eye to Eye: Looking Beyond Likeness, March 8–May 17, 2015

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