Artists have been playing with the idea of identity and caricature for years. Claude Cahun (1894-1954), Cindy Sherman (b. 1954) and Juno Calypso (b. 1989) are amongst the most prominent figures to do so, morphing themselves into a catalogue of different contexts. In the 21st century, the idea of having a fixed portrait no longer exists. Since the rise of the smartphone, faces change on a daily basis, subject to new kinds of choreography, masquerade and performance. In lockdown, with limited resources, this concept is further heightened. We are completely isolated whilst being constantly connected through the camera lens. Julia Keil’s (b. 1986) self-portraits reference films and works of fine art to express these familiar experiences. She appears, lounging on a sofa in the living room after a birthday party; peering into an Amazon package like a Pandora’s Box of consumer goodies; and combing unruly hair with a Pre-Raphaelite sense of liberation. juliakeil.com
Portraits in Isolation
5 to See: This Weekend
Expansive natural landscapes, highly staged compositions and seminal movements feature in this weekend’s selection of exhibitions.
Recent Histories at Huis Marseille examines identity, migration and the legacy of colonialism through work by emerging African artists.