Gillian Wearing

(b. 1963)

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(1963– )

British Video artist and photographer, born in Birmingham. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1990 and has been identified as one of the Young British Artists who came to the attention of a wider public as a result of the *‘Sensation’ exhibition. Her work looks at issues of identity and the limitations of ‘documentary’ truth. A famous series of photographs, crudely plagiarized by the ‘creatives’ of the advertising industry, has passers-by who were invited to write captions showing their real feelings. In 10–16 (1995) adult actors lip-sync the voices of children. What makes the work disturbing is the nature of some of the confessions. Wearing was awarded the Turner Prize in 1997.

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R. Ferguson, Gillian Wearing (1999)

Subjects: Art.

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