'Self-Portrait', silver gelatine print on paper, 1929
I am, as a viewer, stunned and confused because of the fact that I am trying to figure out a gender of a figure. The monochrome and emotionless appearance as well as the gender-bending hair, make-up and outfit all contribute to a truly androgynous statement. The artist conveys the idea of blurring the boundaries between the genders and question the necessity of gender labels.
Androgyny today is a lot more common, yet still an issue, however, in the context of late 1920's I can imagine it was the strongest statement of gender identity.
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