Lady Lucy : Whitechapel Gallery Staff Portrait Studio

Whitechapel Gallery Staff Portrait Studio
18th March – 22nd May 2011
The Naming Ceremony
April 7th 2011

Whitechapel Gallery Staff Portrait Studio
Gallery 5&6

The portraits assembled in this work map the staffing structure of The Whitechapel Gallery. The artist Lady Lucy has taken an original organisational chart produced byThe gallery and has annotated, inserted, deleted and re-ordered it’s content. What results is a view of the organisations structure from a particular view point.

This immersive three dimensional diagram references the conventions of institutional portraiture. Historically, large organisations including corporations, schools, professional guilds and town councils have commissioned portraits of their staff. These works are usually exhibited behind the scenes in board rooms and offices rather than in a public context as they are here.

Lady Lucy is an artist whose work hinges on identity and biography. Her tendency to document social moments and people is informed by an interest in the interview, the portrait, the documentary and the act of naming. Drawing and painting are central to her practice, but operate as conduits for communication and understanding.

Each of the portraits incorporated into this display were produced by people aged 16 – 19 from across East London taking part in an introductory course to the Gallery.

Supported by Louis Vuitton.

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