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  • 1. Identity Portrait Photography ProjectMe and them: the in-between where my identity tends to changeorganically. - Nikki S. LeeNikki S. Lee, Projects (1997-2001)

2. Nikki S. Lee Parts, the men are missing. Lee leans on a man, then cuts him out of the picture.The importance of identity Who am I? I amI amI amI am Multiple I am IdentitiesI am 3. Painters have explored self portraitthroughout the history of art.Self portrait- Vincent VanGough Self portrait Frida Kahlo 4. Definition of Identity:the reflective self-conception or self-image that weeach derive from our family, gender, cultural, ethnic,and individual socialization process (Ting-Toomey). Nikki S. Lee Projects: The Seniors Project For this transformation, Lee needed a makeup artist. 5. Three levels of identity:I. Personal (what makes us unique)II. Relational (our relationships with others)III. Cultural, Communal or Social (large-scale communitiessuch as nationality, ethnicity, gender, religious or politicalaffiliation) Photography by Catherine Opie 6. Selected Social IdentitiesRacial Identity a socially constructed idea that stillpersists in the United StatesEthnic Identity derived from a sense of shared heritage,history, traditions, values, area of origin, and sometimeslanguageGender Identity (different than sexual identity) how aparticular culture differentiates masculine and femininesocial rolesNational Identity the nation/country one was born into( or a sense of place) 7. Ethnic Identity:The Hapa Project, Kip Fulbeck Fulbeck began the projectin 2001, traveling thecountry photographingover 1200 volunteersubjects who self-identified asHapa (defined for theproject as mixed ethnicheritage with partial rootsin Asian and/or PacificIslander ancestry) 8. The dark side of identityStereotypes- categorization that mentally organizes yourexperience with, and guides your behavior toward, aparticular group of people.Prejudices are deeply held negative feelings associateswith a particular group (anger, fear, aversion, anxiety).Racism an extension of stereotyping and prejudice. Thebelief that one race is inherently superior to another; geneticendowment. 9. Stereotypes - GenderUntitled Film Still #14. 1978.Cindy Sherman plays the role of a young woman studying her own reflection. Thephoto visually portrays a woman assembling her identity, caught in the act ofconstructionshe appears masked through make-up and costume. 10. Cindy Sherman, ContinuedCindy Sherman. Untitled Film Still #48.1979.Cindy Sherman. Untitled Film Still#43. 1979. 11. Clearly displaying the exaggerated manipulation of herbody, she describes her face as a blank canvas to beworked on so as to create and unmask the socialstereotypes circulated by the media, often revealingtheir decay and almost horrifying aspects in featuresverging on the grotesque. 12. Rememberemotions can be conveyed.Dorothea Lange. (American, 1895-1965). Photo by Tom HoopsMigrant Mother, Nipomo, California. 1936 13. Lets look at someone familiar! What makes President Barack Obamawho he is on the inside and the outside? 14. Identity- President Obama bi-racial, Hawaii, Kenya, Indonesia His love of basketball His hometown of Chicago Politician Lawyer Father, husband Harvard graduate President 15. Identity?1. Who am I on the inside?2. Who am I on the outside?3. What do I value? 16. Then.how will you represent thisthrough a photograph? 1. Clothing, Props? 2. Environment? 3. People/models? 17. Student Examples Identity Portrayed through Photography 18. Incorporate Text? 19. Think outside the box! 20. Try something new?! 21. Can be about you, but not feature you 22. For Friday, Oct. 26th 1. Brainstorm 5 ideas for this project. List ways you will represent yourself. Think about the location, people, clothing,backgrounds, etc. How will your photo be unique? A new perspective? 6 photos due on Tuesday, Oct. 30th Final Photo due Thurs., Nov. 1st