This solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Faisal Samra presents photographic works of a series of performances by the artist. In these works, Samra’s identity is concealed by intricate costumes, head coverings, and other objects; he is shown struggling to break free, and the camera documents the sequence of actions, which are improvised and executed against a predetermined backdrop.
The violence of Samra’s gestures is blurred when digitally captured, resembling a state of transfiguration. This series describes the insidious nature of technology and the burden of representation that has emerged with the proliferation of visual media. As we are bombarded by images, the artist argues, our identities absorb the assault.
To 4 January.
Above: Faisal Samra, Performance #19, Distorted Reality series; 2007. Lambda print, 40 x 53 cm each – triptych, edition of 10