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The Other People: Live Portraits - NPG

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOR TWO days only – on April 4 and April 5, 2008 – real, living people will be presented and ‘framed’ alongside the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection in this radical and thought-provoking event entitled The Other People: Live Portraits.

The unusual situation of being able to stand and look at another person as though they were an ‘artwork’ turns the traditions of portraiture on their head, while raising fascinating questions about performance, identity and liveness.

Live Portraits will include Shunt’s own Serena Bobowski; celebrated Architect Will Alsop and the great conceptual painter Bruce McLean; professional wrestler Craig Briscoe, who as QT McFluff takes on the persona of a gay idol despite being heterosexual outside of the ring; mobile phone technician Abdul Hai Soorty; and the artist Peader Kirk whose face was destroyed in an unprovoked attack on the Tube, and has now been reconstructed through surgery.

There will also be an attempt at a live portrait of a recently deceased man, Edward Hampton, who was born 100 years ago on April 4.

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Also at the National Portrait Gallery:
Vanity Fair Portraits and Billiant Women