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Gillian Wearing, b.1963

Sacha and Mum1996

The Turner prize winner of 1997, Gillian Wearing creates unusual effects through the medium of film, using everyday situations. In ‘Sacha and Mum’ she separates the visual from the auditory by reversing the soundtrack in an emotional, violent scene between a daughter and a mother. The full interpretation of the scene is obscured from the viewer by the distorted sound of the conflict, although, at the same time, the emotional inflection of the voices makes it clear that the mood oscillates alternatively from aggression to tenderness. We are left to fill in the gaps of the story for ourselves.
The artist says: “It leaves a lot to the imagination – that’s what art should do. It leaves you something to go away with, something to think about. It doesn’t say: “This is a story, completely, and this is my take on it.”*

*Gillian Wearing, ‘Secession’, exhibition catalogue, 1997, p8 .

MediumVideo projection
Duration Duration: 4min.30 sec.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1997
EditionEdition 3/3
Item NumberIMMA.785
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Gillian Wearing, Sacha and Mum, 1996, Video projection, Duration: 4min.30 sec., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1997

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Gillian Wearing b.1963

English artist Gillian Wearing studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Chelsea School of Art. Since the 1990s Wearing has challenged ideas of public and private, confession, self-exposure and voyeurism through the documentation of ordinary people in her practice. Wearing received the Turner Prize in 1997. She has exhibited extensively, including solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; and the Musée Rodin, Paris.

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