Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Peter Andrew Lusztyk, This is not Snoop Dogg, 2016. Chromogenic print, 72 × 48.
Peter Andrew Lusztyk, This is not Snoop Dogg
Peter Andrew Lusztyk, This is not Donald Trump, 2017. Chromogenic print, 72 × 48.
Peter Andrew Lusztyk, This is not Donald Trump
Peter Andrew Lusztyk, This is not Sandra Bullock, 2016. Chromogenic print, 72 × 48.
Peter Andrew Lusztyk, This is not Sandra Bullock
2018 Featured Exhibition

Peter Andrew Lusztyk
The Uncanny Valley Portraits

May 1–25, 2018
Only One Gallery
5 Brock Ave

“The Uncanny Valley,” a phrase coined by Masahiro Mori, suggests that human replicas that appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit eeriness and feelings of revulsion among observers. This exhibition of uncanny portraits of wax figures taken at Madame Tussauds museums in Las Vegas and Washington, DC invites viewers to test Mori’s theory. Depicting some of the most famous celebrities and recognizable people in the world, these wax figures are renowned for their likeness to the original subjects. As cultural artifacts, they represent a yearning to physically interact with even the verisimilitude of celebrity.

The act of photography causes the Tussauds wax sculptures to appear more real than they do in the museum. This con is achieved by removing the sculpture’s failure of “liveness,” expected by the viewer when interacting with the three-dimensional form, and returning the copy to the more familiar mode of celebrity consumption used in popular culture and advertising. The resulting images in this exhibition are intended to confront issues of simulation and hyper-reality.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.