The camera doesn’t just capture us, it frames who we are and how we’re seen. Since the camera became more accessible in the mid-20th century, artists and amateurs alike have turned the lens on themselves to create a stage both private and public. This tradition is continued, amplified and transformed through reality TV, the internet and social media, the latest forms to use straight-to-camera techniques to share our common humanity, project authenticity and illuminate how a sense of self can be constructed through the moving image.
On display until:
ACMI: Gallery 1
16 February 2031
Copy, transform and combine
You will see me (2020) repurposes material sourced from the history of the moving image – archival footage, news, interviews, documentaries, reality TV, video diaries and social media – to reflect on the way we perform in front of and reveal ourselves to the camera.