Joy Gregory’s artistic practice is concerned with notions of identity and gender, often resulting in projects that reference 19th century photographic techniques.
In this series of nine self-portraits, Joy Gregory depicts fragments of her upper body, face and hands, playfully moving in and out of the frame. Through close-up confrontation with the photographic lens, she investigates concepts of beauty, femininity and politics associated with the portrayal of identity. The artist applied a special photographic technique to these black and white portraits in order to achieve ‘clear whites, velvety matt blacks and pink/brown colour in the mid-skin tones’.
At the time that these photographs were made, images of women from culturally diverse backgrounds were largely absent from lifestyle magazines, advertising campaigns and newspapers. The work directly addresses issues of absence, visibility and self-representation within society. (via Autograph ABP)