How to deal with difference: artist edit explores ways of bringing attention to the mutual contingency of the self and the social through self-portraiture. What we recognise as ourselves is deeply embedded in the social institutions we exist within.
Partly inspired by Judith Butler’s account of performative identity and self-poiesis, Pitt filmed herself performing many varying and contradictory ‘selves’, in an exploration of her own relationality and self-formation. In imagining, performing and arranging these characters, Pitt drew from social imaginaries she is implicitly involved in.
By digitally compiling the footage, Pitt composited herself into plural existence to disrupt the sense of singular coherence. Pitt has positioned the performances as ‘rehearsals’ – they are not polished or complete, but iterative and partial. The result is an agonistic portrait of the artist’s own socially situated self. What a nightmare, huh!?!