by Liz Rideal
photographic collage, 1985
79 in. x 197 in. (2000 mm x 5000 mm)
Artistback to top
- Liz Rideal (1954-), Artist; Education Officer, National Portrait Gallery. Artist of 4 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 10 Read entry
Since the 1930s, the photo-booth has been pivotal in the mass-production of identity images. These tiny pictures are synonymous with the community of everyday life, while at the same time defining the precious distinction of the individual, harking back to the carte-de-visite and before that to a miniature painting. Identity is a mass of self-portrait work consisting of 1,220 photographic strips that include 4,880 individual self-portraits, featuring artists such as Tony Bevan, Helen Chadwick and Maggi Hambling, to make up the larger self-portrait of Liz Rideal.
Events of 1985back to top
Current affairs55 people die in the Manchester air disaster when a British Airtours Boeing 737 bursts into flames after an aborted takeoff at Manchester International Airport.
Art and scienceBob Geldof and Midge Ure organise Live Aid, a rock concert in London and Philadelphia, to raise funds for famine relief. The biggest names in popular music, including Paul McCartney, Queen, Status Quo, The Police, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, U2, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, performed to a TV audience of 1.5 billion.
The British Antarctic Survey discovers a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.
InternationalReformer Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power as first secretary of the Soviet Communist party. He calls for 'glasnost' (openness) in Soviet life, and pursues a policy of 'perestroika' (reconstruction).
French intelligence operatives sabotage Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace vessel. The ship was leading a protest against French nuclear testing in New Zealand when it was bombed and sunk, killing one of the twelve on board.
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