In the following examples, the artists have taken on the personality of another individual by dressing as the subject and acting as the subject and standing in for the subject.
Photo by Nikki S Lee. This linked image is available to view online: http://tiffobenii.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/artwork_images_139001_379786_nikkis-lee.jpg”
Nikki S Lee has taken this idea and used both a mixture of observation and performance to replace an individual from a group shot and replace that person with herself. To obtain these images she has assimilated herself in to a range of social groups from Punks, Hispanics, Strippers and Yuppies. The photos were either taken by a friend or a member of the infiltrated group. Lee researched her subjects scrutinizing the social conventions, dress and body-language. She has even photoshopped to change her weight, age, size and even skin colour to blend in to the group.
Photo by Nikki S Lee. This linked image is available to view online: http://annex.guggenheim.org/collections/media/902/2001.3_ph_web.jpg”
In Lee’s work I do see a little voyeuristic style as we appear to be looking at other peoples private snap shots of friends in a social world outside of our own. Although Lee had infiltrated these groups in order to get her images I would say that using the word exploitation is too strong as I don’t think her intention is to exploit her subjects. I believe that she is attempting to break the myths that surround these social-groups.
Photo by Trish Morrissey. This linked image is available on line: http://trishmorrissey.com/media/images/front-w/Sylvia-Westbrook.jpg”
Trish Morrissey has used self-portraiture in a novel way by approaching groups and families (strangers to her) and asking if she could change cloths with them and be photographed posing as the member of the group or family that she represented by wearing that persons cloths, for her project ‘Front’. In another project, ‘seven Years’ she has taken the idea of family snaps and with the help of her sister, props and costume she has re-staged old photos to link her family memories with her own experiences and reappraise her family relationships.
This linked image is available on line: http://trishmorrissey.com/media/images/seven-years-w/September-4th-1972.jpg
I would have to admit that I would find it bizarre if someone came up to me and asked to swap cloths for a photo. However, dependant on the mood I was in at the time and that I they has sufficiently convinced me of their sincerity I may well co-operate as I am not shy at taking-part in the unusual.
Photo by Trish Morrissey. This linked image is available on line: http://trishmorrissey.com/media/images/the-failed-realist-w/Party-Girl.jpg”
Morrissey, has used deadpan combined with surrealist art for this style of work.