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Marcia Michael: Study of Kin

28 Sep, 2012 at 12:00 am - 4 Jan, 2013 at 12:00 am

A photograph by Marcia Michael depicting a woman who looks startled looking at the camera

Marcia Michael visualises her photographs as carriers of the past. The title of the show, Study of Kin, refers to the term Study of Man, coined to explore the ethnographical and anthropological way of seeing, documenting and classifying difference in our human race. These photographs are based on the methodologies used by photographers, anthropologists, criminologists, biological racialist and scientist who added to the competing discourses on race, during the 19th and 20th century. However in this case, the artist’s family are the ones that are being looked and hence the term Kin.