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Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing produces candid videos and photographs revealing the disconnect between our inner lives and public personas, the individual and society, and truth and fiction. Inspired by documentaries, reality television, and the artifice of theater, Wearing describes her approach as “editing life.” She turns her lens on herself and on people she meets, whether on the street or through advertisements she has placed in newspapers. Among her most famous works is Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992–93), for which she stopped hundreds of passersby in London, invited them to write whatever they wished on a white card, and photographed them. Like all of Wearing’s work, the portraits in this series convey the startling, unsettling divide between one’s outside appearance and innermost self.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary PhotographyJ. Paul Getty Museum
2017
Gillian Wearing - Family StoriesStatens Museum for Kunst
2016
Gillian WearingICA Boston
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Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (Work towards world peace), 1992-1993

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59 3/4 × 41 7/8 in
151.8 × 106.4 cm
Edition of 10 + 1AP
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Medium

Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing produces candid videos and photographs revealing the disconnect between our inner lives and public personas, the individual and society, and truth and fiction. Inspired by documentaries, reality television, and the artifice of theater, Wearing describes her approach as “editing life.” She turns her lens on herself and on people she meets, whether on the street or through advertisements she has placed in newspapers. Among her most famous works is Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992–93), for which she stopped hundreds of passersby in London, invited them to write whatever they wished on a white card, and photographed them. Like all of Wearing’s work, the portraits in this series convey the startling, unsettling divide between one’s outside appearance and innermost self.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Gillian Wearing
Other works from Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
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