Uncanny Women
















Self-Portrait, 1920, Claude Cahun/Marcel Moore via Jersey Heritage Trust

Self-Portrait, 1914, Claude Cahun/Marcel Moore via Jersey Heritage Trust
Self-Portrait, 1929, Claude Cahun/Marcel Moore via Jersey Heritage Trust

    Making the familiar strange is a current running through almost all of the photographs of Cahun, as well as in Cahun’s writing. In these images, Cahun and Moore depict Cahun as a monk, a decapitated girl with flowing hair, and a gender-ambiguous being whose arms are being constrained. The two artists were imbedded in and heavily influenced by the Surrealists, who were very interested in Freud’s theory of the uncanny. Cahun and Moore make intentional use of the estrangement of the uncanny to shock viewers out of their complacency and the expectations they bring to portraiture, such as the unexpected appareances and gazes in these photographs.  




Self-Portrait, 1939, Claude Cahun/Marcel Moore via Jersey Heritage Trust

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