‘Sanctae’, Ione Rucquoi
On the 6th of February, the Royal West of England Academy threw open its doors to the new season, with the encompassing notion of ‘identity and portraiture’ integral to each of the exhibitions. Idols and Illusions gathers press shots from the Golden Age of Cinema, exposing the natural glamour conveyed by the supposedly candid images as Hollywood-manufactured facade. Similarly, Actors and Artifice blurs the line between players and the played, with a collection of works that aims to capture the moment at which actor becomes character. At the core of the RWA’s debut material, though, is Oneself As Another, a major exhibit curated by London based bo.lee projects. The collection, whilst challenging the modern superficial constraints of physical perfection, delves into an exploration of the individual psyche. It assembles a compelling and varied body of works, each striving to grasp a sense of ‘self’.
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