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  • Photograph of participant during Conceal Reveal workshop in Tuxtla, Mexico

    Participant’s portrait, Conceal / Reveal workshop in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico with Marysa Dowling 2015

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  • Photograph of female behind gate with grafitti text, taken in Tuxtla, Mexico

    Participant’s portrait, Conceal / Reveal workshop in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico with Marysa Dowling 2015

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  • Photgraphic diptych of two women with pink backdrop - in first image they are embracing, in second they are facing back-to-back

    Participant’s portrait, Conceal / Reveal workshop MARCO, Mexico with Marysa Dowling 2015

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  • Photo diptych of single female subject - in first image she is climbing a tree, in second she is in front of a door

    Conceal Reveal Mexico #4 2015 by Marysa Dowling

    ©Marysa Dowling

  • Photo diptych - in first image the subject is hidden behind a bush, in second the two subjects stand facing each other

    Conceal Reveal Mexico #5 2015 by Marysa Dowling

    ©Marysa Dowling

  • Photo diptych featuring two female subjects holding flowers

    Recuperando la identidad Mexicana 2015 by Tamara Medina Garza

    ©Tamara Medina Garza

  • Photo diptych of single male figure - in first image he is in plain view, second he is partially hidden

    Participant’s portrait, Conceal / Reveal workshop at Tate Modern with Oakthorpe Primary School and Marysa Dowling 2015

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  • Photo diptych of male figure lain on his back with book covering face

    Conceal Reveal UK #4 by Marysa Dowling

    ©Marysa Dowling

The current online exhibition features works by participants from Monterrey, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico City and Tuxtla Gutiérrez in Mexico and London, UK.

Photographer Marysa Dowling worked with artists, teachers and students in Mexico and UK to create photographic portraits to conceal and reveal something about themselves.

These playful portraits are constructed using the body, gesture, space, light and objects that have a cultural or local relevance to the environment. Drawing inspiration from works such as John Stedzaker’s Mask XIV (2006) and Claude Cahun’s Extend My Arms (1931 or 1932), participants collaborated with Dowling to consider formal elements like composition, lighting, colour, shape and texture while taking on the roles of both photographer and subject.

Schools, artists, institutions and learning professionals can submit work to be considered for showing in the online exhibition. The gallery is public and all work is moderated. If you would like us to consider your own learning project for the online exhibition, please email us a selection of up to ten images with captions and a brief summary of the project to bpartexchange@tate.org.uk.