In Character:
Self-Portrait of the Artist as Another

Cindy Sherman, Shelley Niro, Yasumasa Morimura, Rodney Graham, Rafael Goldchain, General Idea, Sophie Calle, Bill Burke

Since photography’s beginnings, artists have used their own body and self-image as subject matter, some turning it into the very basis of their practice. Photography has always been intertwined with the human propensity to look at others; the latter’s voyeurism taking over only where the photographer’s gaze leaves off. This exhibition, drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, presents works by acclaimed Canadian and international artists who explore the space between their own selves and that of another, expanding identity into the realm of role-playing through photographic self-portraiture.


Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein and Jonathan Shaughnessy