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Claude Cahun: Beneath this Mask

23 mar 202403 aug 2024Claude Cahun: Beneath this MaskAn investigation of identity and the confines of gender. Abbot Hall(March 23) 10:00 am - (August 3) 4:00 pm(GMT+00:00) Event TypeEvents,Temporary Exhibitions

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An exhibition of striking photographs exploring the complexities of gender and identity. 

The exhibition contains 42 contemporary giclee prints made from scans of Cahun’s original photographic self-portraits. Born Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym Claude Cahun in 1917 to free herself from the narrow confines of gender. Her work investigates themes of identity through multiple characters. Blurring and distorting her age, identity, gender and surroundings, the photographs can be read as anti-portraiture: while portraiture sets out to capture and commemorate an individual, Cahun’s photographs disrupt the idea of a single ‘self’.  

Largely unknown during her lifetime, Claude Cahun’s work has since received fame and has influenced the performative work of contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman and Trish Morrissey 

This Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition is in collaboration with Jersey Heritage and was first presented at the Women of the World Festival 2015, Southbank Centre. This exhibition was curated by Gilly Fox, Assistant Curator at Hayward Gallery Touring. 

Discover this exhibition in Galleries 5 and 6. All our exhibitions and displays are included with gallery admission. 

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23 March 2024 10:00 am - 3 August 2024 4:00 pm(GMT+00:00)


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Included with admission to the art gallery.