Ugly Duckling. Alex Anyaegbunam. Otto Resource powered by Innen

Posted in photography, zines on July 15th, 2022
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In Alex Anyaegbunam’s work, photographs don’t just document moments, they manifest memory. In “Ugly Duckling,” Anyaegbunam’s show with Otto Resource c/o Adam Barnard, Polaroid portraits of the artist from childhood to young adulthood explore the formation of his identity at the same time that they convey how these captured moments made him feel.

Instances of double-exposure and visual distortion combined with illustrations in paint and Sharpie imbue each photo with an emotional realism, which gives insight into the subjective experience, sometimes of the photographed subject, sometimes of reflective artist, sometimes of both.

The recurring motif of a red, flaming, shonen-anime wig becomes a symbol of sorts for, among other things, creativity and boyhood. Polaroid portraits of intimate others — at times alongside the artist, at times alone — also demonstrate the relationship that experiences with and memories of others can inform notions of selfhood.

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