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Self, titled, 2013

by Stella Rosa McDonald

Finalist, Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2013
Single channel HD video

Self, titled, 2013 by Stella Rosa McDonald
Video: 5 minutes

Self, titled looks at the way we create an image of ourselves through the prism of our family. For the project my family wrote one-page autobiographies. The biographies were combined to create a seemingly random narrative. The unique phrasing that each person used was repurposed to express my biography, illustrating the way we inherit habits and character from family, whether it be physical or in this case linguistic. In Self, titled the proximity of text and image articulates the notion that the self is a coded text, ready to be read and disseminated. This remixed narrative reflects the complex and diverse conditions of family itself and results in a kind of communal self portrait.

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Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

The Macquarie 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 with an interest in contemporary technology.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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