Portrait in the posthuman age

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Portrait, Acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 228.6 (cm), 2020 (Triptych, each 101.6 x 76.2(cm)



In posthuman age, human increasingly depends on technology, and technology makes newly define human life. If the human illustrates their life through portrait, the role of the portrait could have a different aspect in this upcoming age, as human are more decentralized in their life. The aspect of portrait transforms according to the history and recognition of life, and even in the posthuman age, we must take this feature into account. A most critical point in posthuman age is the human has not the central object. I researched films at the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive about three different types of portrait to find the pieces or traces of portrait in film. The other important point in this age is the relation between life scape and technology. I researched images in Hito Steyerl's installation, which is in between the real place in the world and the film and screen display. After that, I used the digital collage for making three scenes for painting and decentralizing features of portraits as face and body on the various spaces. I found the real-world images for background in the Glasgow city, the café, and hotel room. I composed these images with portrait images. Finally, I painted them with acrylic on canvas. To distinct real-world background images from portrait images, I painted much thicker layer for portrait images than background images.