Song Dynasty II

Costume for two Song members; 841 x 1189mm framed lenticular print of family outing
City Art Centre, Commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival for Platform: 2018

Song Dynasty II expands on a previous collaboration with my immediate family to begin an ongoing series of family portraits – informed by historical, ritualistic and ceremonial particularities of personal cultural identities.

The costume is an unclassified beast which speaks of a foreign culture at once absurdly alien yet uncannily familiar. In the exhibition context, the costume became an artefact of an abstruse event, which resisted being precisely located in either time or space. Hung alongside the costume was a lenticular print depicting the family outing (which involved two further costumed family members). Doubled in perspective, the print played with slippery formulations of ‘truth’, speaking of objectivity and artifice in the historical and contemporary Western gaze, as directed towards cultures considered to be ‘other’.