Claude Cahun, Self-Portrait, 1928, Courtesy & © Jersey Heritage
Claude Cahun, Self-Portrait, 1928, Courtesy & © Jersey Heritage

Unmasking Claude at Kilmarnock’s Dick Institute

Title:
Claude Cahun: Beneath the Mask

Dates:
1 May 2021 – 28 Aug 2021

Times:
Tues, Weds 10:30 - 17:30, Thurs 13:30 - 19:30 Fri, Sat 10:30 - 15:30

Venue:
Dick Institute
Elmbank Avenue
Kilmarnock
Ayrshire & Arran
KA1 3BU

First presented at the Women of the World Festival 2015 at London’s Southbank Centre, Claude Cahun: Beneath This Mask at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock is a Hayward Touring exhibition in collaboration with Jersey Heritage. Claude Cahun (1894-1954) is best known for her enigmatic and playful photographic self-portraits. Decades ahead of her time, she toyed with perceived gender roles and identity – concerns which resonate more than ever in today’s world.

Born Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from what she saw as the narrow confines of gender. At the beginning of her career she was aligned to the Surrealist movement and was friends with André Breton. After fleeing France on the eve of Nazi occupation, she settled in Jersey, where she embarked on her defining photographic series of self-portraits in which she assumed multiple personae, thus anticipating the performative work of contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman.

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