PROJECTS  jessica layton mimi
Look What I Snitched
  Phillis Schomer
  Openstudio 24
The House Sitting Project

Portrait as Mimi taken by Sue Chow

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A collection of self-portraits created while house sitting for various people. Each job allows me access to the private world of another person, a world that would ordinarily remain hidden from view. Once I have immersed myself in this world and developed an intimacy with another’s space, I then hire an outside photographer to produce a portrait of myself under the identity of the space’s actual resident. This portrait then serves as a record of my performed role.

Both the homeowner and the photographer remain unaware of the performance-taking place until afterwards, as it is essential that the photographer believe he or she has entered my home to photograph me in my personal environment.