ADAM W. BYRA

auto-portrait

The photographic portrait has been a fundamental tool for anyone wishing to identify and control groups of people. With recent technological developments like the internet, virtual reality and the birth of biometric technologies, the nature of portraiture as excercised by institutions has undergone a significant change.

It is now possible to cross UK border without facing an immigration officer. Pupils in public schools of the state of Maryland, US can pay for their lunch with a scan of their palm. Well known smartphones incorporate fingerprint scanning in their latest products, and many private companies control the access to their bulidings and facilities with technologies such as iris recognition.

Auto-portrait is a direct inquiry into what the institutional portrait is now becoming, its effect on the boundary between the physical body and virtual self. Ultimately, what does identity mean today?