Luke Willis Thompson Autoportrait

Police violence, race and the right to reclaim your own image

By Alex Quicho

Luke Willis Thompson, autoportrait, 2017, installation view. Image: Andy Keate, courtesy of the artist Luke Willis Thompson, autoportrait, 2017, installation view. Image: Andy Keate, courtesy of the artist Luke Willis Thompson, autoportrait, 2017, installation view. Image: Andy Keate, courtesy of the artist

Four minutes becomes an eternity under scrutiny. To many of Andy Warhol’s subjects, the Screen Tests (1964–66) were an exercise in self-control. Instructed not to blink into the camera’s flutterless eye, A- and B-list celebrities from Susan Sontag to Edie Sedgwick wrestled with the challenge of appearing themselves. Many crumbled – including the artist Isabelle Collin Dufresne, who, critic Brian Dillon writes, ‘worries that her face simply will not bear such scrutiny, that her image could be quite undone in…

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