Bookface is a performance and installation artwork which collapses boundaries between book arts and performance so as to formulate a hybrid space. It is a contemplation on the notion of a collective narcissism fervent in contemporary society in both virtual and physical environments.
Through the rise of platforms such as Facebook, subjectivity has become a multiplicity of perceptions, with the internet and social media as an arena for formulating alter egos and distorted impressions of our identities. This work stages an event as a subtraction and formalisation to certain phenomena of the modern gaze. It explores the trauma and beauty of the digital domain, and it’s multiplicity of narratives depicting identity, mortality, loss and love.
Bookface seeks to illustrate the displacement and the continual deferred replacement from the church to the internet and our search for meaning through the collective body. Through the use of anamorphic selfie masks in book form, it seeks to illustrate our appropriation of the internet as a way of absurdly masking one's true identity.
Yan Gi Cheng
Yan Gi Cheng was born in England, in 1981, to parents of Hong Kong descent. He worked as a professional Designer for Hussein Chalayan creating high tech fashion and video artworks before completing his M.A. in Sculpture at Central Saint Martins,
London. His broad art practice is an ongoing investigation into the convergence of book arts and performance art centring around transnational identity, contemporary philosophy, religious mythology and geographical landscape as a space for historical renegotiation. In his practice, he often questions traditional forms of history making as well as cultural norms.