The Wellcome Trust's Future Face explores the role of the face in art, science, and medicine. Its curator is Sandra Kemp, director of research at the Royal College of Art, who gives an interesting slant to the pieces selected for display. The exhibition features over 200 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and multimedia works and is complemented by a series of talks, films, and discussions at a number of venues in London.
The exhibition is visually appealing and has some striking images that grab you straight away, such as a photograph of a black Queen Elizabeth II which is instantly recognisable. The most striking images are those that explore how the face might look in the future. As digital faces become as ‘real’ as live ones, and as even face transplants become a possibility, how will our notions of identity be affected and will they prey on our insecurities as we strive