A portrait is a puzzle: Cherine Fahd 2018 – ExhibitionAustralian Centre for Photography
Cherine Fahd’s portraiture questions the validity of first impressions and stereotypes. For the series ‘You look like a …’ (2016-17), the artist selected men who sported beards as a lifestyle choice, not as a religious, cultural or political comment.
Fahd attracted media attention after publishing the article ‘Terrorist or hipster — what does a beard mean?’, which explored the issues of facial grooming in the context of current global events. Morphing her own features with these twelve portraits in an animation brings further complexity to the interpretation.
In Shadowing portraits (2014-16) the artist hides behind Australian photographers and art critics. Fahd mimics her subjects as they posture before the camera, while retaining her anonymity.
Exhibition brochure available here
ACP Project Space Gallery, 6 April – 26 May 2018
Teaching & Learning Resource
This learning resource is closely aligned with the Australian Curriculum:
- The Arts: Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts
- Humanities and Social Science: Intercultural understanding, Civic and Citizenship, Asia and Australian’s Engagement with Asia
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You look like a … Matthew, 2016.
With Mark M, 2016 still from the animation You look like a … (youme), 2016.
Kylie from the series I was half French, half Australian, 2018
All images courtesy and © the artist
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This exhibition is is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
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