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COSPLAY by David Hancock

COSPLAY by David Hancock


David Hancock

Cosplayers are young people who dress up and role-play characters from Computer Games and Manga. They meet in groups and dress from a diverse selection of texts. Extending their digital interactions into another social setting, they form multiple narrative possibilities that expand upon the original text or weave a number of texts together. Through the construction their own highly detailed outfits, they take these characters into the urban environment and transform their surroundings within their imagination.

The Cosplayer's identity thus becomes a vehicle or a physical avatar, which they inhabit and use to explore and interact with the real world. In his portraits of Cosplayers, David Hancock has attempted to mix the reality with the fantasy. In each portrait a single figure is presented on white paper. In doing this he is presenting the barrier between the Cosplayer and the viewer. In some of the works, Hancock has incorporated elements of the actual landscape as though representing a breakdown of digital information. His works are essentially portraits of various avatars re-imaging their real environment as a gaming arena.

Event Details
Date: Thursday 19th March - Saturday 18th April 2015
Venue: Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge Campus
Postcode: CB1 1PT
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Contact Details

You can visit the gallery and Cosplay exhibition Monday - Saturday 10am - 4.30pm. For more information, please go to

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