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Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012

by Laura Moore

Winner, Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award iD2012
Single channel HD video of stop-motion animation

Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 by Laura Moore
Video: 1 minute

This self portrait addresses the theme of identity, both of self and society. School photos are a cultural symbol, a rite of passage and a document of our growth and journey into adulthood. Appropriating the style of the familiar school photo, this work subverts what is ordinary to present an alternative truth. As an autobiographical work, it is my reflection on the child I was and tells of the compassion I feel for the journey she will take. In a broader context this work acknowledges the difficulties of travelling from the innocence of childhood to the realities of adulthood. Our school years can be amazing years of self-discovery but are also loaded with pressures and challenges. An animation made of still photos, this digital portrait moves beyond the frozen smiling images of our school portraits to show an element of childhood that is rarely communicated.

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Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute

Digital Portraiture Award iD2012

Previous exhibition, 2012

The inaugural iD Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery’s commitment to fostering emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with an interest in contemporary technology.

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