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Existing in Costume_1
As a student in London, Chan-Hyo Bae experienced immense cultural confusion, “I continued to attempt to position myself with the Western culture, but every time I did so, I still felt like an alienated foreigner.” To penetrate that barrier, he created the series Existing in Costume, transforming himself into portraits of historic British women. Here, he appears as Queen Elizabeth I, in an elegant gown, coiffed wig, and perfect makeup. However, his unfeminine hands undermine the illusion, and Bae’s eyes meet the gaze of the viewer as if to say: “See me.”
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Chan-Hyo Bae, Korean, born 1975
Existing in Costume_1from the series Existing in Costume
- Chromogenic print
- Sheet: 39 3/8 × 31 1/2 in. (100 × 80 cm) Frame: 41 3/4 × 33 7/8 × 2 in. (106 × 86 × 5.1 cm)
- Credit Line
Gift of the artist
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
The artist, London; given to MFAH, 2009.