Alison Lapper

Brighton alumni Alison Lapper hosts BBC doc with Rankin

Brighton Fine Art grad, the artist Alison Lapper MBE, is hosting a BBC4 documentary ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ with photographer Rankin tackling contemporary attitudes to beauty and identity on Thursday 10 November, 9pm.

Alison and Rankin will meet four people who don’t conform to traditional notions of beauty or who hate being photographed, and invite them to step in front of Rankin’s camera.

According to the BBC: “Each person will reveal their incredible life story and their own personal struggle with their sense of identity. Through hearing these stories and capturing them in Rankin’s studio, Alison and Rankin will explore how the explosion of digital media over the past decade, from social media to selfies, has presented new challenges to our self-image.”

Alison shot to fame when she became the subject of the sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant by Marc Quinn, which was displayed on the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square between September 2005 and late 2007. In 2012, a replica of the sculpture featured in the Summer Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. Alison was born without arms and with shortened legs, a condition known as phocomelia.

After graduating in Fine Art from the University of Brighton in 1994, Alison set out to question physical normality and beauty using photography, digital imaging and painting. She paints expertly with her mouth, and she is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World. In 2003, she was awarded an MBE for services to art.

‘Nobody’s Perfect’, Thursday 10 November, 9pm.

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