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Wikipedia*Gillian Wearing (born 1963), is an English conceptual artist, one of the YBAs, and winner of the annual British fine arts award, The Turner Prize, in 1997. On 11 December 2007, Wearing was elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London (founded by George III in 1768); hence she is a "Royal Academician," and may use the letters "RA" after her name to indicate this.
Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997, among a shortlist of four artists who were all female.
Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (1992–93), initially shown at the artists-run London gallery City Racing. This consists of a series of photographs, each showing a member of the public who Wearing had stopped on the street and gotten to spontaneously write something down on a piece of paper. Wearing then photographed the people holding the paper. Some of the results are a little surprising: a smart young man dressed in a business suit holds a sign which reads "I'm desperate", while a police officer has written the single word "Help!". In Wearing's words, "A great deal of my work is about questioning handed-down truths". The work was shown in the 1993 exhibition Okay Behavior at 303 Gallery and helped establish her career as well as that of Adam Chodzko, Mathew Hale and Bill Burns.

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