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Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea

22 April – 25 May 2002

A joint project with UNITEC


New York photographer Anthony Goicolea puts a new twist on self-portraiture. His staged and composite self-portraits present a digitally altered world, simultaneously humorous and horrific, endearing and perverse. Pushing narcissistic fantasies into the realm of the absurd, Goicolea clones himself digitally to create a society of carbon-copy selves, an army of little rascals, his own Village of the Damned. He develops scenarios in which his feral minimes act out childhood incidents such as fight scenes, first kisses, and deranged play dates. Other mural-sized photographs suggest grim fairytales, Lord of the Flies mayhem, and Henry Darger insanity. Although the images feature fighting, spitting, licking, masturbating, and all manner of excess body fluids, this grossness is offset by Home Alone cuteness. The works nod to medical breakthroughs in fertility drugs and cloning, but it is the reference to 'child sexuality' that gives them their biggest kick. Posing as a child sex-object for our gaze, Goicolea creates an unsettling reaction. It's our complicity in enjoying his pictures, and his evident pleasure in being in them, that makes us think again. www.anthonygoicolea.com