Face Off is a video installation representing the iconic and symbolic nature of the Police uniform. Designed specifically to evoke power and authority, the uniform is psychologically intended to appear authoritative and to have a profound psychological impact on those who view it.

The male Police officers were each recorded in their uniform for one minute in a private social environment. As the camera lens interrogates them, their power and authority increasingly becomes ruptured creating unease and vulnerability. The work evokes historic references from the mug shot to Warhol's Screen Tests. The subjects wear different uniforms, one formal and one casual. 

The work is not intended as a critique or deconstruction of the Police but represents the veneer of authority the uniform shows and how the lens is able to penetrate it. 

HDV, 7 minutes, 2016 

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