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Roisin Byrne

It's Not You It's Me

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Solo show by London based artist Roisin Byrne. It's Not You It's Me is a work that takes this break-up platitude and perversely stands it on its head.

Taking on the guise of a false collector in order to find out information on a quasi mythical work by Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi, Byrne discovered that the artist himself did not exist. Cuoghi had sought to become his father over 7 years by gaining weight, dying his hair and adopting the lifestyle and mannerisms of a 60 year old man. Byrne became fascinated by his apparent non-existence and that this 'event', always written about as 'not being a work' was what the artist Cuoghi was most renowned for.

Taking the opportunity to become the artist herself she legally changed her name to Roberto Cuoghi, opened a bank account and began to buy up work on the secondary market with a credit card in Cuoghi's name. Adopting the online persona of the artist Byrne begun to receive exhibition invitations as Robert Cuoghi. Having new works made for a show in particular Byrne's projectIt's Not You It's Me tracks the inhabitation and /or occupation of one artist's territory and the production and exhibition of works in another artist's name.


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