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Lindsay Seers

The increasingly acclaimed practice of UK artist Lindsay Seers centres on a bizarre 'autobiographical' narrative in which Seers documents the use of her own body as both a projector and a camera - the latter achieved by inserting light-sensitive paper into her mouth.

Ventriloquist dummies are a key motif in this complex conflation of image and utterance, serving as a kind of avatar for the artist herself.

The eerie mannequin known as Sailors Bill (above) is electronically programmed to turns its heads to follow gallery-goers, then open a mouth to snap photographs of them in a direct parallel of Seer's own innovation.

 

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