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femme files: notes on women artists – cindy sherman

‘femme files’ is research on female visual artists for my fellowship project with the aspen art museum


“I am trying to make other people recognize something of themselves rather than me.” —Cindy Sherman

  • born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, in 1954
  • graduated from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976
  • one of the best-known and most important photographers working today
  • advanced the concept of narrative photography
  • performative practice of photographing herself under different guises
  • often works in series
  • interested in the grotesque
  • interested in experimenting with different identities
  • use of costume and makeup challenged the way in which portraiture was considered

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