I am afraid that headline is only funny if you are a fan of the Spice Girls! So, on a beautifully crisp, cold,December morning we went to the National Portrait Gallery in London, to see the Who Are You exhibition by Grayson Perry.
It was one of those delightfully bonkers days that only seem to happen in big cities.
There were reindeers at the station
There were Santas in a mass cycle maybe for charity or maybe just because they could!
If you are not familiar with Grayson Perry, he is a multi media artist who is also a transvestite. He has an outstanding ability to speak and understand anyone from the Duchess of Cambridge to those struggling with everyday life, maybe because he does not fulfil a “normal” role within our society.
Recently, he made a series for Channel 4 exploring the nature of identity and making art works to reflect each individual’s story.
He explored diverse issues that affect our society, from a white, single mum who converted to Islam to a man suffering from Alzheimer’s who was slowly losing all sense of who he was.
The artworks were stunning, for the two examples I mentioned he made a Hijab ( headscarf) charting the woman’s journey from troubled teen to devout Muslim and a jar covered with pictures of his life and dark areas of dead brain for the Alzheimer’s sufferer.
I bought this bag which represents a small, part of a huge tapestry called Comfort Blanket which defined what it was to be British. I love the way he has made the Queen look like everybodys Nan!
So inevitably this subject makes you think about your own identity, here are a few pictures that define my own identity.
So, who are you? Send me a photo that sums you up!