Gillian Wearing

April 7, 2009

Self Portrait at 17 Years Old, 2003

Self Portrait at 17 Years Old, 2003

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The Family. Signs that Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992–3), made shortly after her graduation from Goldsmith’s College in 1990, was produced by approaching people on London streets, asking them to write something on a card and then photographing them as they displayed it. Private lives were given a sudden and revealingly painful exposure.

An Interview With Wearing

LESSON PLAN IDEA:

Students could do a schoolwide project or have a booth set up to survey or put a face to the concerns and trepidations of their peers. They could pose a question like “What is on your mind right now” or “What is your biggest fear” and have the students write their responses and take a picture with the response in hand. They could crop out the heads for anomonimity.

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