Gillian Wearing OBE Confess All On Video. Don’t Worry You Will Be in Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian Version II 1994

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Artist
Title
Confess All On Video. Don’t Worry You Will Be in Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian Version II
Date 1994
Medium Video, monitor, colour and sound
Dimensions Duration: 35 min., 59 sec.
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Maureen Paley, Interim Art through the Patrons of New Art 1998
Reference
T07447
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Responding to an advertisement in Time Out magazine, a series of participants took up Wearing's offer to make their confessions on camera. This work was inspired by 'fly-on-the-wall' documentaries and confessional TV chat shows, but it also evokes the religious ritual of confession and its modern secular equivalent, psychoanalysis. Wearing raises questions about the motives behind confession. Disguised, her participants are free to tell the truth about things to which they would never admit in daily life. At the same time, they can invent flamboyant lies without being caught out.

October 2000

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