By Jake Nevins
In a new exhibition, Heather Dewey-Hagborg used hair clippings and cheek swabs from Manning, collected during a two-year correspondence
In the center of the room at New York’s Fridman Gallery are multiple faces – white, black and brown, each bearing an almost imperceptible resemblance to one another – suspended on wires from the ceiling.
The 30 portraits were created by the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg from cheek swabs and hair clippings sent to her by Chelsea Manning. Manning sent the clippings from the Fort Leavenworth prison, where the former intelligence analyst was serving a 35-year sentence after famously leaking classified diplomatic cables through the website WikiLeaks.