9 March – 29 May 2017

“Under this mask, another mask. I will never finish removing all these faces.”

Claude Cahun, 1930

This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of French artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing. Although they were born almost seventy years apart and came from different backgrounds, remarkable parallels can be drawn between the two artists. Both of them share a fascination with the self-portrait and use the self-image, through the medium of photography, to explore themes around identity and gender, which is often played out through masquerade and performance.


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Part of I am me, a season of displays and events exploring art, gender and identity at the National Portrait Gallery in 2017

Supported by

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by

Exhibition organised in collaboration with Gillian Wearing
Supported by the Gillian Wearing & Claude Cahun Supporters Group

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Louise Downie, Jersey Heritage, explores Claude Cahun’s role in the Resistance against Nazi Occupation