This Kind of Face
52 pages, hardcover
8.5 x 10.5 in./ 21.5 x 26.5 cm
Published September 2014
First edition of 250
This Kind of Face captures impersonators who spend much of their daily life as costumed celebrity look-alikes. As we look closely at the subjects of these photographs we see people who are not quite living out fantasies of being the rich and famous. Rather, they are look-alikes in the business of being a doppelganger, providing a tangible vessel for the audience’s already media-saturated imagination. Like her subjects, who fashion themselves after specific glamorized Hollywood and media constructions, Kaur found herself over the course of the project impersonating the production of celebrity photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bruce Weber. She imitated Hollywood industry headshots and US Weekly paparazzo pictures, and created her own 4x5 photographic versions of Warhol’s Marilyns and dictators. Together the pictures in "This Kind of Face" function as playful hybridic references to the multiplicity of possibilities existing within the expans ive field of photographic portraiture.
Know Me for the First Time Siri Kaur 56 pages, soft cover 5.5 X 8.5 in./ 14 x 21.5 cm Published October 2011 First edition of 250
The self-published volume Know Me for the First Time accompanied Siri Kaur's 2011 exhibition of the same title at Blythe Projects in Los Angeles. Accompanied by an introductory essay by critic and writer Thomas Meaney, the small-scale layout and intimate size of the book further Kaur's visual investigations into longing, desire, history, and memory, both private and public. The images in this volume present psychologically charged places and individuals whose emotional states teeter between despair and redemption.