Since the early 1970s, Bacher has explored human identity through definitions of gender, sexuality, and the human body. In Memory of My Feelings explores identity and its inevitable institutionalization in society. Each T-shirt is emblazoned with the beginning of a phrase from a standard sentence-completion personality test, which the artist was required to take before a surgical operation documented in an earlier video work, Huge Uterus (1989). Meant to elicit self-examination, the questions inevitably depersonalize human feelings as the test assesses “personality” through structuralized language and format. By silkscreening these phrases on the T-shirts and placing them in a nondescript metal chest of drawers, the artist questions society’s search for the self and the desire for self-knowledge.
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