The inaugural contemporary exhibition at The Lowry brings together paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and installation by four European artists: Alice Maher, Thomas Ruff, James Rielly and Lindsay Seers. Their work depicts people, but it is about uncertainty forcing us to question what we see. The work exhibited invites us to go beyond the portrait and explore how we relish and fear looking at ourselves. The artists challenge the visual language we use to understand the world and invite us to see things differently and make a fresh intertpretation. The work has been selected for its disruptive element and explores the identification of the artist with their work and scrutinises the relationship between the work and the viewer. The ideas raised are discussed in a stimulating essay by Gilda Williams. The exhibition is recorded by this generously illustrated book, with postcards, displaying the often mysterious imagery created by the four challenging and exciting contemporary artists.