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Looking In

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Location: Ben Uri Gallery, 108A Boundary Road, London NW8 0RH

This is the first in a series of Ben Uri exhibitions exploring themes of identity and migration in detail and questioning how contemporary visual artists who consider themselves outsiders express personal feelings of isolation and crises of identity through their work. The exhibition pairs photographic work by two artists whose interests are very different but who both choose costume and theatre to represent the sitter and to challenge the viewer’s perceptions and prejudices about race, gender and history.

The parallels between Sulter’s portraits of black women, which seek to reposition them within British society and Western art history, and Chan-Hyo Bae’s self-portraits in costume in which he also attempts to become a part of our national history, are both visually and socially challenging.

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