LONDON | until Dec 9 | Zebra One Gallery | Identity

United Kingdom • London • From: November 24, 2018 • To: December 9, 2018

Feature Image: Photos DERRICK SANTINI

Several of Santini's images of Lady Gaga feature in the exhibition. The images documented how Gaga uses fashion, art and performance to express radically different identities.

Photographer Derrick Santini's images of Gaga, some of which haven't been seen before, are part of the exhibition as well as works from 10 artists have been selected for the show, all of them exploring themes relating to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

The gallery's owner, Gabrielle Du Plooy, came up with the idea for the exhibition, and began approaching artists whose work she felt fitted with the theme of the show.

"My own personal definition of body dysmorphia is not being able to correctly identify yourself," says Scarlet Isherwood - one of the other artists who has contributed. "Having a really kind of warped perception on the reality of how you look or how you are in real life. And that connects a lot to depression and anxiety."
Interview by Steven McIntosh, Entertainment reporter BBC


Bruno Metra and Laurence Jeanson (collectively known as Metra-Jeanson) cut out heavily stylised facial features from adverts and taped them over models' faces.


James Greed used the facial expressions of his subjects to convey the overwhelming feeling of being trapped.


Daniel Martin paints portraits such as Lucas which are intended to challenge definitions of ugliness.


Meltem Isik's portraits see subjects hold up canvases depicting their own perceptions of themselves.


Scarlet Isherwood used resin to encase a real lamb's heart surrounded by butterflies and glitter.

IDENTITY features the works of the following artists:

Bruno Metra and Laurence Jeanson The duo say that the series Identity 1&2 are works intended to show how much people are influenced by the media,

Meltem Isik placing enlarged images of various body parts in front of the subject’s body, Isik explores topics such as body image and self-awareness. In a statement about the project, Isik says: “The complexity that originates from the capability of our bodies to see and be seen simultaneously provides the basis of the work that I construct using different viewpoints.

Leigh de Vries Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD dominated artist Leigh de Vries life for more than 25 years. It remained hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Exploring her condition through Art, her socially engaged art experience – breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand BDD through the lens of the sufferer. photographer

Derek Santini never-before-seen images of Lady Gaga, who famously suffered from BDD

Daniel Martin creates his portrait collages by deforming and recreating his materials, or in his words: “the mastery of chance and mistakes.”

Bartosz Beda whose portraits and figurative works are explorations of the relationship between identity, daily life and the human psyche.

James Green put himself in the shoes of BDD-sufferers, using facial expressions to convey the overwhelming feeling of being trapped.

Scarlet Isherwood uses resin to encase a real lamb’s heart – representing rotting self-esteem – surrounded by real butterflies and glitter – symbolising advertising, glamorising the need to change and transform.

Daniela Slater looks at the workings of the human body and mind and questions perception and connectivity through her art and words

Body dysmphorphic disorder has these potential signs:

  • Worrying about a specific area of your body - particularly your face.
  • Spending a lot of time comparing your looks with other people's.
  • Looking at yourself in mirrors a lot or avoiding mirrors altogether.
  • Going to a lot of effort to conceal flaws - eg. by spending a long time combing your hair, applying make-up or choosing clothes.
  • Picking at your skin to make it "smooth".

Source: NHS