Entre Nous: Claude Cahun and Clare Rae
Claude Cahun and Clare Rae
Exhibition Continues: 10 - 28th September 2018
Gallery Talk: Wednesday 12th September at 1pm
Entre Nous brings together photographs by the French artist Claude Cahun (1894-1954) and Australian contemporary artist Clare Rae in an exhibition that reflects a dialogue between two performative photographic practices created some 70 years apart.
Claude Cahun was an avant-garde queer artist and writer, best known for the radical self-portrait photographs she produced, in collaboration with her partner Marcel Moore, in 1920s Paris. In 1937 the pair moved to Jersey and produced a significant body of performative and vernacular photographs over two decades which was later acquired by Jersey Heritage. The dissemination of the Cahun archive has had a significant impact on the international art scene and has drawn artists, curators and researchers to Jersey to view her photographs.
In 2017 Clare Rae undertook an artist’s residency with Archisle: The Jersey Contemporary Photography Programme to research the Cahun archive. The resulting series of images, Never standing on two feet, considers Cahun's engagement with the physical and cultural landscapes of Jersey, an aspect of her work that has received little analysis to date.
To coincide with the exhibition an extended series of Rae’s Never standing on two feet has been published as a photobook by Perimeter Editions. The book features a foreword by the celebrated curator Susan Bright and an essay by Archisle Project Leader and Société Jersiaise Photographic Archivist, Gareth Syvret. Copies will be on sale throughout the exhibition and the artist will be present for a special book signing at the preview on Friday 7 September.
Clare Rae, Bunker near Petit Plémont, 2017