Phoebe Cunningham, I Am One With The People (production still), 2018. Image © the artist

Phoebe Cunningham

Phoebe Cunningham is a London-based artist working in moving image and performance. Exploring ways of revealing methods of production within political structures, Cunningham uses film production as a paradigm for the construction of subjectivity, employing actors and visible production methods to reveal ways in which characters are manufactured.

The ‘public character’ makes up the main body of her work – a figure of authority that is having to undergo constant fictioning from multiple sources, treating the figure as an open-source body. Cunningham tries to understand what and how modes of production are being used to shape the image of the public character, with a particular focus on the role of authorship, control and the power of image.