Knowing the Unknown Sitter, 2005-2011Bird, Nicky, Bruce, V, Cannizzo, J, Hartley, L, Matthews-David, A, Nunn, P.G, Perry, L, Pollen, A, Stoke, B and Veness, A (2005) Knowing the Unknown Sitter, 2005-2011. Not applicable.
|Creators/Authors:||Bird, Nicky, Bruce, V, Cannizzo, J, Hartley, L, Matthews-David, A, Nunn, P.G, Perry, L, Pollen, A, Stoke, B and Veness, A|
What is the value of a portrait when we don’t know who is in it?
Knowing the Unknown Sitter was an on-line anthology of texts relating to ten unidentified portraits, selected from a wealth of material found in national collections across the UK. Through the discussion of these portraits, unknownsitter.com raised questions about the nature of identity, representation, and the role of the observer in interpreting visual images. The result of an initial collaboration between myself and art historian Lara Perry (University of Brighton), the project brought together writers from a range of disciplines as well as portraits – some of which have never been published before – to explore the problem of the unknown sitter, and the value of their portraits, once identity has been lost.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||archive, art, art history, class, collection, gender, identify, family album, memory, material culture, oral history, painting, portrait, photography, reminiscence, social history, vernacular photographs|
|Schools:||School of Fine Art|
|Date:||15 February 2005|
|Funders:||British Academy Small Research Grant, Small Grants for Research Scheme, University of Northumbria|
|Deposited By:||Nicky Bird|
|Deposited On:||21 Nov 2011 11:43|
|Last Modified:||29 Mar 2017 14:41|