‘How to See Yourself’
‘How to see yourself’ (Mirzoeff, Chapter 1. 31-69) draws attention to the changing nature of imagining, and of imaging identity and ‘the self’. Discuss some of the different ways that representations of identity have shifted over time. Draw upon some of Mirzoeff’s examples to explain different concerns artists, photographers and others have had about identity which have influenced the kinds of visual texts they produce. Use least one example from Mirzoeff and find 1-2 other examples. The discussion should explore historical change or how a marginalised identity confronts dominant identities.
Explain in your own words what you think the question is asking you to do?
This chosen question is asking me to discuss the ways that representation of identity has changed over time, the exploration of historical change of portraying identity. I need to use information and examples from Mirzoeff’s book and explain the concerns that artists had with identity and how these concerns influenced the visual texts they produced. I will source my own examples and use some of Mirzoeff’s examples.
(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Chapter One. How to See Yourself”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)