Stephen Laub

 

Stephen Laub, who had been a student of Jim Melchert at UC Berkeley, used his body in a unique series of performances that involved aligning himself with a life-size, projected photographic image from his family’s album. Laub literally steps into the shoes—male and female—of relatives and friends, many of whom he never knew because his family fled Berlin at the beginning of World War II with not much more than their photo albums. Merging his identity with those of others, Laub’s slide-projection performances are a project about both personal identity and social history.