u = ____ [a photographic group show]

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Fette’s Gallery in Los Angeles’ Culver City asked artists to take a new approach to self-portraiture. Fette’s has invited 25 artists to use a self-portrait to represent someone else. The quirky and provocative results of the project will be exhibited from January 11th through February 8th.

The exhibition, titled u=____, includes the work of an impressive span of internationally acclaimed artists. French photographer Raphael Neal, whose romanticized portraits have appeared in New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, contributed a vibrant, sultry image of himself as a woman: Me As Her Being His. Melanie Bonajo, originally from The Netherlands, has exhibited in unconventional spaces like the Winston Kingdom in Amsterdam and her contribution to the show is a faceless, neutrally colored image of herself in lingerie. U.S. photographer Amy Elkins also participates in the exhibition; Elkins works primarily in portraiture and she recently created a series in which deliberately posed young men standing before flowered wallpaper or curtains. Fette’s Gallery, which opened in October, 2006, has already established itself as space that consistently organizes innovative group exhibitions and u=____ will be no exception.

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