The Many Faces of Malkovich
In an unprecedented exhibition, photography aficionados and John Malkovich fanatics alike will be able to gather as one collective fanbase in an homage to both of their favorite subjects. In a new series titled Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich from photographer Sandro Miller, a rough history of 20th century photography comes alive with the assistance of the acclaimed actor.
Clearly influenced by the Spike Jonze masterwork Being John Malkovich, the exhibition is a natural evolution of the film’s iconic scene of a world populated solely by John Malkoviches by inserting the actor into some of the most iconic and recognizable photographs in pop culture. Some highlights include Malkovich posing in recreations of Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol portraits while also masquerading as familiar faces like Che Guevara, Albert Einstein, and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
While it may be easy to label this project as mere dress up, the series functions as Sandro Miller’s veneration of the photographers that inspired him to take up the craft himself, as well as the continuation of he and Malkovich’s longstanding collaborative career. It’s a labor of love, albeit one that has us very sexually confused when looking at Marilyn Monroe by way of Malkovich.
‘Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich’ runs from November 7th to January 31st at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago
All images by Sandro Miller