Anita Cruz-Eberhard

For the American artist Anita Cruz-Eberhard, the photobooth embodies her adolescence. While the photobooth was a recreational spot where she gathered with her friends, its use also meets the necessity to do her first official identity photographs. In some ways, this compilation of portraits constitutes an archive of the evolution of her identity, sometimes frightening within the society. For Stitched Faces, Red [Visages cousus, rouge], Anita Cruz-Eberhard made a stitched collage of many and different photobooth images of herself in order to reveal a more complex personality than that which is represented in her identity portraits. The artist also introduces the alternative of a possible intervention on this standardized and somewhat constrained image, by stitching together all the gazes of her portraits with red thread. She takes hold of the device to express a personal process of construction or reconstruction of her identity; a state already experimented through and inherent to adolescence. (Credit: Stitched Faces, Red [Visages cousus, rouge] © Anita Cruz-Eberhard)