U N P L A C E D / U N F A C E D

8 Sep 2016 – 12 Sep 2016

Event times

8th to 12th September 2016
Private view 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Thursday 8th September
Gallery talk 6:30 pm, Friday 9th September

Cost of entry


Doomed Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus 38, 56, 149, 277
  • Dalston Kingsland, Dalston Junction rail

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Unplaced/Unfaced is the first solo exhibition by photographic artist Reka Komoli. This show examines challenging questions of identity from two complementary perspectives: how personal identity changes over time, and how identity can be manipulated with potent ethnic masks.


Making allusions to the genre of the gothic uncanny, Unplaced is a meditation on how the Self becomes the Other with the passing of years. Against the evocative background of a ruined castle in a remote Welsh hinterland, the younger self and the older self seek each other out through the dim passages of time, and catch a glimpse of each other through a decaying mirror. 

Drawing on the raw power of traditional Mexican masks, Unfaced is a series of portraits of the masks themselves, caught in the moment before they are worn, when they are replete with their full potential to create a new identity. The masks invoke the colonial Other—Spanish, French, and Yankee—as well as the demonised Other, and the ultimate Other of death.


This show provides a fresh and original triangulation of the idea of identity, and is a timely contribution to the contemporary debate on personal and cultural identity. When everything else is stripped away, what is it to become someone?

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