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] 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. 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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