I Want to Know Your Ghost

Laura Stein



I Want to Know Your Ghost is a portrait series artist Laura Stein has been shooting since 2015. Each portrait is an intimate headshot of a seemingly expressionless subject. While shooting she waits for the subjects to drop any trace of their animated persona, exposing the fundamental essence of the person. She’s exploring who they are rather than who they want to be. The image is blown out and printed on porous chiffon creating a haunting, airy ephemerality. These images will be installed at the San Damiano Mission during Sanctuary as a prayer flag, referencing the symbolism that prayer flag images become a permanent part of the universe even as their lack of solidity allows them to fade into their surroundings