“Identity is always a never-completed process of becoming,” writes the late cultural critic Stuart Hall in his posthumously published memoir, Familiar Strangers: A Life between Two Islands (2017). It is, he continues, “a process of shifting identifications, rather than a singular, complete, finished state of being.” Hall grew his thesis from a life lived “on the hinge between the colonial and post-colonial world.” Born in Jamaica in 1932, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford’s Merton College in 1951; Hall would never return home, but instead became a prominant British Marxist sociologist. His memoir is not about what made him who he is, but about the mutable and conditional quality of identity, the many shades that may at one time constitute a self. Borrowing its title from Hall’s book, this exhibition of photo-inspired sculptures by Erica Deeman—her second solo show at Anthony Meier—visually explores Hall’s theory of identity through self-portraits: half-moon faces imprinted in obsidian clay, a portion always concealed, a piece unresolved. —C.J.F.
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