Sometimes I Disappear at Ingleby Gallery features four photographers who use self-portraiture to both reveal and conceal something of themselves, making the self both subject and object by the artifice of props and costume. The exhibition takes its title from a comment by Cindy Sherman, one of the featured artists and the best known proponent of this way of working, who said: “I feel I’m anonymous in my work. When I look at the pictures, I never see myself. They aren’t self-portraits. Sometimes I disappear.” Despite her early death from suicide, Francesca Woodman created a body of work which influenced a more recent generation of photographers, especially in her use of props and objects, including her own body. The Romanian photographer Oana Stanciu’s series !EU(!ME) owes something to Woodman in the way she poses herself in often uncomfortable domestic tableaux. This sense of the image as a fragment of a halftold story is also present in the photographs of the South African artist Zanele Muholi, whose politically charged series Hail the Dark Lioness also incorporates ‘materials’, as she refers to them, to layer the imagery with meaning.
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