Traditionally, portraiture has represented women as passive muses or erotic objects. This was strongly evident in art by the male surrealists. The artists in this exhibition set out to challenge this notion. The artworks in this section show how they developed strategies to present identity as something that is not fixed, but is transformative and continually changing, something that can be manipulated to play with and disturb image and gender boundaries.
Photographic and painted self portraits feature alongside little explored photographs of women surrealists by women surrealists, such as Dora Maar's and Lee Miller’s candid images of their contemporaries, as well as rarely seen images of Frida Kahlo by Lola Alvarez Bravo, including a poignant portrait of Kahlo’s studio after her death.
Diego y Frida 1929-1944 (I) [Diego and Frida 1929–1944 (I)], 1944 [also called Double Portrait of Diego and Me (1)]
Private collection, courtesy Galeria Arvil, Mexico
Courtesy of the Jersey Heritage Collections