James N. Kienitz Wilkins
The Second Person, 2018
Exclusive signed and numbered limited edition of 8
Digital photograph with post-processing manipulation. Giclée print.
34cm x 23.5cm, unframed
Produced exclusively for Gasworks as part of the artists’ first solo show, Hearsays (20 September - 16 December 2018).
The Second Person is a manipulated lens-based photograph of an image from the NASA image library, a public domain archive. Taken during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, it shows astronaut Neil Armstrong, camera in hand, reflected at distance in Buzz Aldrin’s helmet. It is therefore technically a self-portrait in which Aldrin is a carrier for the photographer, and one of only a few images of Armstrong, who took most of the photographs during the lunar mission.
Kienitz Wilkins is also interested in the moon landing more generally - as the ultimate ‘tall tale’ and material for rumour, which endures in a new era of paranoia and conspiracy theories. This work captures his long-term interest in found materials and public access.
James N. Kienitz Wilkins is a filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn. His work has screened at the New York Film Festival, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Migrating Forms, Ann Arbor, CPH:DOX, MoMA PS1, and beyond. In 2016, he was awarded the Kazuko Trust Award presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and selected as one of ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’ by Filmmaker Magazine. In 2017, he was included in the Whitney Biennial and a retrospective of his work was showcased at Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM). He is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City.
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