Whitechapel Gallery in London is presenting an exhibition by British artist Gillian Wearing, in which she explores the privacy of the human being. In a series of films and photographs, she investigates the meaning of our public personas as well as our private lives. Wearing – a Turner Prize winner – presents a number of remarkable works, drawing on fly-on-the-wall documentaries, reality TV and the techniques of theatre, in order to explore how we present ourselves to the world. The artist herself features in the performance art piece that marks the start of the exhibition – dancing in a shopping mall. Other highlights include Wearing’s iconic 1992 series, Signs that say what you want them to say, and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say where strangers are offered paper and pen to communicate their message.
The extensive investigation – including old work as well as a number of new films and sculptures – shows how Wearing combines politics and poetry in a fascinating way.