Claude Cahun

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    Claude Cahun
    Date of birth 25 October 1894
    Place of birth Nantes, France
    Date of death 8 December 1954
    Place of death Saint Helier, Jersey
    Nationality French
    Pronouns Unknown
    Gender identity Neuter
    Occupation artist
    Known for Self-portraits

    Claude Cahun was a French photographer, sculptor and writer who is best known for self-portraits in which they assumed a variety of personae. They took on the gender-ambiguous name Claude Cahun in 1917. Cahun's work was both political and personal, and often undermined traditional concepts of static gender roles. In their autobiography, Disavowals, they explained, "Masculine? Feminine? It depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me."[1] Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore lived together and worked together. the rumored couple lived until around 90. During World War II, Cahun was also active as a resistance worker and propagandist.

    During the early 1920s, they settled in Paris with lifelong partner and step-sibling Marcel Moore.

    Further reading[edit | edit source]

    • Emelife, Aindrea (29 June 2016). "Claude Cahun: The trans artist years ahead of her time". BBC. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 21 May 2020.

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Cahun, Claude (2008). Disavowals : or cancelled confessions. The MIT Press. ISBN 9780262533034. OCLC 922878515.
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