Unmasking Claude at Kilmarnock’s Dick Institute

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

Claude Cahun: Beneath the Mask

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

From: 1 May 2021

To: 28 Aug 2021

Dick Institute
Elmbank Avenue
Ayrshire & Arran

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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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