Exhibitions / A Portrait is a Puzzle exhibition and book launch @ACP

06.04.2018 to 26.05.2018

Australian Centre for Photography

72 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Cherine Fahd’s portraiture questions the validity of first impressions and stereotypes. For the series ‘You look like a …’ (2016-17), the artist selected men who sported beards as a lifestyle choice, not as a religious, cultural or political comment. Cherine’s attracted media attention after publishing the article ‘Terrorist or hipster — what does a beard mean?’, which explored the issues of facial grooming in the context of current global events. Morphing her own features with these twelve portraits in an animation brings further complexity to the interpretation. In Shadowing portraits (2014-16) the artist hides behind Australian photographers and art critics. Cherine mimics her subjects as they posture before the camera, while retaining her anonymity.