Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore at the Crossroads of Approaches and Subjects. An Intercontinental Dialog

Deadline: 15/04/2018

This symposium aims to investigate the itinerary of the woman artist and intellectual Claude Cahun (1894-1954), the avant-garde figure. Claude Cahun expressed herself through multiple media. Unexplored for a long time, she was rediscovered by a man, her first and main biographer, François Leperlier, while her photographical production began to be spread around the world in the 1980s and to increase her exposure to the feminists. She explored many topics and worlds which led to contradictory and passionate readings, issues that this symposium would like to address, by gathering scholars of any disciplines but also artists, thus opening up a space for exchanging views from perspectives which are often elaborated apart.
Born in the intellectual bourgeoisie, the nephew of the writer and figure of symbolism Marcel Schwob (1867-1905), Claude Cahun left a multiform work although too many qualms, “multiple and feeble ambitions” as she called them prevented her from displaying her activity. She notably wrote an “anti-autobiography” entitled Disavowals (1930), a lampoon against Louis Aragon, Bets are open (1934) questioning the relationships between art and politics. When she joins the surrealist movement in the 1930s, to which she actually always occupied an Inside/Outside position, she becomes involved in the different activities of the group: political commitments, exploration of the object, photographical mise en scenes, and so on.
A one and a half day symposium, opened by two main conferences held by leading scholars on Cahun’s work (notably Tirza True Latimer, California College of the Arts), this symposium is conceived in a multidisciplinary, international and feminist perspective, an articulation which is the first one to be proposed in France. Four main axes have been chosen.
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