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Millar, Jeremy, 2015, Show, Exhibition or Event, Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man (The Willows)

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As the title may suggest to some, this work is an assemblage of two prior works: the photograph Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man (1840) by Hippolyte Bayard, and 'The Willows' (1907), a short story by Algernon Blackwood. In this story (considered by HP Lovecraft the greatest supernatural story ever written) a man is found drowned and marked with small funnel-shaped indentations — 'That awful mark!' — made by an unknown supernatural being; the title of Bayard's photograph (considered by some the first conceptual art photograph) suggested the identity of the unfortunate victim.

In a world where 'selfies' have become everyday expressions and ‘Britishness’ is being redefined, what is the role of self-portraiture and how has it shifted through the history of art to the present day?
In this extraordinary new exhibition, Turner Contemporary becomes a frame through which self-portraiture is re-evaluated in the 21st century, sparking conversations on history, celebrity, collecting, gender, mortality and contemporary approaches.
Artists have been recreating their own image for centuries. From self-advertisement and preserving legacy, to figurative studies, political commentary and biographical exploration self-representation, has shaped Western art.

Official URL: https://www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/sel...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Fine Art
School of Humanities
Funders: CCA, Glasgow
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 14:24
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 14:24
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2462

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