Gillian Wearing (born in Birmingham, 1963) came to prominence as part of the YBA movement in the mid-90s. She makes work in a variety of media, including video and photography, often drawing on pop culture and its nostalgic associations. The work strives to make discoveries about individuals, which may in turn be revelatory about groups of people or society at large.
In 2006 Wearing was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella to make ‘Family History’. This was a large-scale project based on the BBC documentary ‘The Family’, and was manifested as a two-screen video work. The commission was accompanied by a major publication of the same name.
Wearing’s acclaimed work has been exhibited worldwide, with solo presentations at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Serpentine Gallery, London; Vienna Secession; and the Chisenhale Gallery, London. She has contributed to group exhibitions at Tate Britain; Mori Art Musuem, Tokyo; Modern Art Oxford; MOMA, New York; and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, amongst many others. In 1997 she was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. The artist lives and works in London, and is represented by Maureen Paley, London, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.