Markus Hansen’s performances, sculptures, installations, photography, and lately, films and documentaries all pursue themes of memory, identity, and history. Hansen received his training in fine art at the University of Reading, and assisted Joseph Beuys with his installation Plight (1986). His artistic interests often tend towards the cultural and anthropological—Hansen once lived with the Waunana Indians in Colombia to study the cultural role of the shaman. One of Hansen’s best known projects is the ongoing “Other People’s Feelings” (begun 2002), in which he photographs portraits of other people and then photographs his own effort to resemble the sitter as closely as possible, without regard to gender, age, or race. Hansen refers to the series as an exercise in empathy and evocation—one of many that explore and erase generational or cultural difference.