Video installation, black and white, sound; 10 minutes and thirty seconds loop
I just imagined one day playing all of these portraits in a space together with the same soundtrack in a homage to Warhol.” – ZOOBS ANSARI
Extract from an extended interview with Dr. Jean Wainwright, art historian and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography, and artist Zoobs Ansari, London 2019.
ZA: I want to make work to make people feel special. I find it fascinating that you can get somebody, put on makeup, style them, take a photograph and make them look like someone different and celebrated, that can appear on a magazine cover, I call that process posterization. When I was at college, I would take students from my course and make them look like Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn or Jean Harlow and, my tutors would say: “Wow you have a talent for this.” Then I won a competition, I was flown off to Japan on an assignment [for Shiseido]. The idea of makeup was also interesting for me because I had done a lot of charcoal drawings, and make up was somehow the same thing but three dimensional, so in a way it made the job easier because you didn’t have to create a three-dimensional object on a flat surface, you had it in front of you.