What does it mean to look? What does it mean to be looked at? And what happens when the subject looks back? Grounded in an ethnography of artists and art models and drawing from a serious of performances at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art’s ‘European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum’ exhibition, this research explores the politics of looking in contemporary society. In doing so, it examines the philosophical concept of ‘the gaze’ in its various forms, and asks what this means for contemporary anthropological practices and movements in feminism and decolonisation.