"Tout Ces Visages": Masquerade in the Self-Portraiture of Claude Cahun

  • Ellen Taylor Grinnell College

Abstract





From 1912 until her death in 1954, French artist Claude Cahun (1894-1954) produced a series of self-portraits that interrogated and challenged traditional social assumptions about gender, sexuality, and identity more broadly. Cahun photographed herself embodying diverse, carefully-constructed, and often contradictory roles/“- selves.” In this paper I analyze the way performance, disguise, and masquerade function in Cahun’s self-portraiture. I argue that Cahun’s masquerading “selves” explore the complexities and nuances of identity and enable Cahun to challenge and reimagine female subjectivity, gender identity, sexuality, and patriarchal ways of seeing.





Published
2016-06-01
How to Cite
TAYLOR, Ellen. "Tout Ces Visages": Masquerade in the Self-Portraiture of Claude Cahun. Grinnell Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 13-19, june 2016. Available at: <https://ojs.grinnell.edu/index.php/gcurj/article/view/431>. Date accessed: 24 nov. 2017.