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Gillian Wearing

Regen Projects

A self-described “couch potato” in her youth, Gillian Wearing assimilates television’s vernacular into her videos and photographic projects. She tracks the ways in which the medium’s representations of reality transform our popular imagination and identity formation. Shown concurrently at Regen Projects, Wearing’s video installation Family History, 2006, and painting series “Pin-Ups,” 2008–, draw on the genres and narratives of contemporary television (so-called reality TV, talk shows, make-over documentaries) in an examination of today’s media-saturated culture, where fame, celebrity, desire, and viewership simultaneously inform personal psychology and the collective unconscious.

Family History considers the personal and cultural significance of the pioneering 1974 British series The Family (a cross-Atlantic complement to the previous year’s An American Family), which launched the era of

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