Artsmill's Festival Exhibition

17jun(jun 17)11:00 pm15jul(jul 15)5:00 pmArtsmill's Festival Exhibition(june 17) 11:00 pm - (july 15) 5:00 pm(GMT+00:00) EVENTSArt

cahun exhibition - artsmill

Event Details

Artsmill, Hebden Bridge presents Claude Cahun, French female photographer, as their Festival Exhibition in the David Wright Gallery, from Monday 17th June to Sunday 15th July 2018, daily 11am to 5pm.

This Hayward Touring exhibition features the work of French female photographer Claude Cahun (1894–1954), whose practice investigates gender and identity.

Cahun achieved posthumous fame for her elusive self-portraits in which she assumed multiple personae. The exhibition contains 42 contemporary giclee prints made from scans of Cahun’s original photographic self-portraits, as the majority of the negatives have been lost.

Born Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from the narrow confines of gender. At the beginning of her career she was aligned to the Surrealist movement and was friends with André Breton; however she distanced herself both politically and physically after fleeing France on the eve of Nazi occupation.

Cahun settled in Jersey where she embarked upon her defining photographic series, in which the subversion of traditional portraiture and the constructed nature of identity and gender are pressing concerns. In these now famous images, Cahun anticipated the performative work of contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman.


June 17 (Sunday) 11:00 pm - July 15 (Sunday) 5:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

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