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Exhibition, Tue 28 Feb - Sat 6 May 2017, free entry

Claude Cahun: Beneath This Mask

Claude Cahun: Beneath This Mask

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Sidney Cooper Gallery

01227 453267

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22 St Peter's Street,
Canterbury,
CT1 2BQ

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A Hayward Touring exhibition at the Sidney Cooper Gallery. French photographer Claude Cahun (1894–1954) achieved posthumous fame for her elusive self-portraits in which she assumed multiple personae.

Born Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from the narrow confines of gender. At the beginning of her career she was aligned to the Surrealist movement and was friends with André Breton; however she distanced herself both politically and physically after fleeing France on the eve of Nazi occupation. Cahun settled in Jersey where she embarked upon her defining photographic series, in which the subversion of traditional portraiture and the constructed nature of identity and gender are pressing concerns.

In these now famous images, Cahun anticipated the performative work of contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman. This Hayward Touring exhibition is in collaboration with Jersey Heritage and was first presented at the Women of the World Festival 2015, Southbank Centre.

It consists of 42 contemporary giclee prints made from scans of the original, the majority of the negatives having been lost.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Accepts groups

Disabled access to the Gallery The Gallery is located between St Peter's Street, which is an historic pedestrian streetscape and Westgate Hall Road. The pedestrian access to the grade 2 listed building, built in 1868 is via three steps in St Peter's Street. Wheelchair user access is via the Westgate Hall Road entrance (opposite Westgate Hall) and is close to the Pound Lane public car park. There are informal drop kerbs from the car park to the Gallery. Wheelchair lifts with a maximum load of 250kg have been installed within the building to provide access to the Gallery level. Please contact Gallery staff in advance by telephone (01227 453267) or email gallery@canterbury.ac.uk to arrange access.

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Dates Times
Tue 28 Feb - Sat 6 May 2017 10:30 to 17:00

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Free entry

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Map reference: TR 146580  Lat: 51.28110 Long: 1.07698

The Sidney Cooper Gallery is located in the main street of Canterbury city centre, close to Westgate Towers which enclose one of the original medieval gateways into the city. It is just a few minutes walk from the cathedral and all the amenities the city has to offer.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury West station

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  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Disabled access to the Gallery The Gallery is located between St Peter's Street, which is an historic pedestrian streetscape and Westgate Hall Road. The pedestrian access to the grade 2 listed building, built in 1868 is via three steps in St Peter's Street. Wheelchair user access is via the Westgate Hall Road entrance (opposite Westgate Hall) and is close to the Pound Lane public car park. There are informal drop kerbs from the car park to the Gallery. Wheelchair lifts with a maximum load of 250kg have been installed within the building to provide access to the Gallery level. Please contact Gallery staff in advance by telephone (01227 453267) or email gallery@canterbury.ac.uk to arrange access.

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