The Second Person, 2018


Digital photograph with post-processing manipulation

13.39 x 9.25 in

34.0 x 23.5 cm

Edition of 8

This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, and is signed and numbered by the artist.


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    About The Work

    Produced exclusively for Gasworks as part of the artists’ first solo show, Hearsays (20 September - 16 December 2018).

    The Second Person is a manipulated lens-based photograph of an image from the NASA image library, a public domain archive. Taken during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, it shows astronaut Neil Armstrong, camera in hand, reflected at distance in Buzz Aldrin’s helmet. It is therefore technically a self-portrait in which Aldrin is a carrier for the photographer, and one of only a few images of Armstrong, who took most of the photographs during the lunar mission.

    Kienitz Wilkins is also interested in the moon landing more generally - as the ultimate ‘tall tale’ and material for rumour, which endures in a new era of paranoia and conspiracy theories. This work captures his long-term interest in found materials and public access.

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    About James N. Kienitz Wilkins

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