Carey Young Exhibition: Appearance

Carey Young, wearing a judge's gown, looks into the camera


Free Exhibition: Carey Young: Appearance

Modern Art Oxford

25 March - 02 July 2023


This major solo exhibition by Carey Young (b. 1970, lives and works in London) explores relations between women, the camera and systems of power.  Carey Young is also a Humanities Cultural Visiting Fellow, and will be holding two public events in March and May 2023. For full details please visit the Modern Art Oxford or TORCH websites.

The show centres on a series of three video works with interrelated themes. Young’s new commission Appearance (2023) is a silent video portrait of fifteen female judges, diverse in seniority, age and ethnicity, which explores their individuality and nuanced differences, as well as the power relations between judge and camera. Critically acclaimed video installation Palais de Justice (2017) evokes an imaginary legal system controlled by women. And The Vision Machine (2020) is a study of female lens-makers at the factory of SIGMA Corporation, a renowned brand of photographic gear. Using lenses as a motif, the piece explores women’s identity in relation to mass production and the global dissemination of images.

Alongside the films, a selection of Young’s new and existing text and photographic works feature sites including prisons, legal borders and imaginary space, connecting law, architecture, language and the body.


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Image credit: Appearance, Carey Young, 2023. HD video (from 4K), 49 mins 30 secs.

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