Late viewing: Gillian Wearing

29 April 2022
Image: Gillian Wearing, [Rock 'n' Roll 70 wallpaper], 2015. © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Regen Projects, Los Angele

Image: Gillian Wearing, Rock 'n' Roll 70 wallpaper, 2015. © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Regen Projects, Los Angele


29 April 2022

Friday, 4-7pm (AEST)


ACMI [i]
Fed Square
Flinders St, Melbourne
Mon – Fri, 12pm – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 5pm


Wheelchair access


Free, no bookings required

Join us for a late viewing of Gillian Wearing’s Editing Life, as part of the PHOTO 2022 launch weekend.

Inspired by documentaries, reality television and the performative nature of identity, British artist Gillian Wearing describes her approach to photography and video art as ‘editing life’.

After asking collaborators to imagine how she might look at 70, Wearing used artificial intelligence and age-processing tools to depict her possible future selves. Printed on wallpaper wrapping the gallery, these huge self-portraits highlight the unpredictability of time, revealing the limitations of what we believe to be pioneering technology and further emphasising the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

In the short film Wearing Gillian we meet a series of strangers who appear to look like the artist using deepfake technology. Wearing asks us to question contemporary media culture and what we accept to be someone’s true identity.

Gallery 3, Ground Floor
ACMI, Fed Square

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  • Gillian Wearing (UK)

    Born 1963, Birmingham, UK
    Lives and works London, UK

    Gillian Wearing was born 1963 in Birmingham and currently lives and works in London. She was recently commissioned by the Mayor of London to create a statue of Suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, which was unveiled in April 2018. Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997 and was awarded an OBE in 2011 and a CBE in 2019 for contribution to the arts. A survey exhibition of Gillian Wearing’s works will be held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA in November 2021

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