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These images are from Gillian Wearing’s series ‘album’ in which she recreates portraits from her family album using prothestic masks to transform herself into different members of her family. By disguising herself as family members in their youth she shows us the optimism and ambition that they had and was in turn passed onto her. I thought it was interesting that she calls the images self portraits despite them being made to look like someone else, I think this tells us that the images are saying alot about herself and her relationship with her family. The one constant running through all the portraits are Wearing’s eyes, undisguised by any masks, a reflection on how genetically a part of her is included in each of these people and a visual clue to the viewer of the true nature of these portraits.