(Cindy Sherman Portraiture display at the Photographers Gallery, London.)
The current exhibition at the Photographers gallery London contains a range of photography and film on the feminist Avant Garde of the 1970s. This exhibition looks at the feminist fascination through new and experimental ideas. A main piece of work by the artist Cindy Sherman stood out to me and I felt it linked to my idea for my dissertation question which is to do with how we create our identity and then how people then make a judgment on our identity and what they think it perceives. Such as looking at the clothes we wear.
On the first glance of the portraiture Cindy Sherman had created and displayed for us, was a range of fifteen portrait photographs containing different characters. These were all then in fifteen different frames which could suggest they are different and not similar and they have there own identity because they are all separate and it shows a divide. As if there is no unity.
On my second look I realised it was actually candy in a different form in all fifteen frames who has disguised her identity with clothes, blacking up and features and body positioning which could show off there personality. This is because race and gender is one of the most recognisable and noticeable identity a person has as they are unchangeable. I believe it sends out the message that every one has a different identity but we are all still equal.
Cindy hasn’t changed it’s just her outfits. Simon de Bedouin said “one is not born a woman but becomes one” and this is exactly what Cindy as gone out to do. She has become fifteen different genders, fifteen different races, and fifteen different people just by changing the design of her outfit and features from her face to her accessories. . ” I feel anonymous in my work” ” when I look at the pictures, I never see myself; they aren’t self portraits”. This suggests she sees fifteen new people, fifteen people who she knows nothing about nor do we. This then makes us come to become the observer and observe the person within the portrait from what we see and make our first judgement upon them.