Painting a likeness is less about mimetic recreation and more about capturing the essence. Portraiture is the vehicle to capture subjective interpretations of history, media and today; and this show gives up two of Carbon 12’s stars – Austrian Philip Mueller and Iranian Amir Khojasteh – who break down the principle of the portrait into its essential components in order to use perception as a window on to contemporary modes of power.
Above left: Amir Khojasteh, In Pursuit of Ambiguity 1, 2017. Right: Philip Mueller, Mother Casati, 2017
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