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Gillian Wearing

British Conceptual artist, Filmmaker, Photographer, and Sculptor

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Movements and Styles: Young British Artists, Conceptual Art

Born: December 10, 1963 - Birmingham, England

"If you ever make anything too literal you might as well forget it. It loses everything."


If you have ever logged on to social media and seen an image of someone holding a hand-written sign in front of them, proclaiming a truth or confession about themselves, then you will have seen the influence of Gillian Wearing. Aligned with the YBAs in the 90s in London, she rose to fame by inviting strangers on London streets to hold up a sign saying whatever was on their minds, and then photographing them.

Since Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (1992 -3) the artist has produced unflinching documents of the masks that constitute our identities, personas and personal histories - often inviting strangers to volunteer their intimate stories to produce affecting, surreal, and emotive portrayals of internal lives.

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