CINDY SHER­MAN’S pho­to­graphic re­flec­tions re­veal the awk­ward side of the selfie. By EL­IZA O’HARE

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New works by artist Cindy Sher­man.

Look­ing for the ex­hi­bi­tion of the year? This could be it. Queens­land’s Gallery of Mod­ern Art is pre­sent­ing a show of Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Cindy Sher­man’s lat­est works, with more than 50 pieces cre­ated since 2000, in­clud­ing her col­lab­o­ra­tions with Balenciaga and Chanel. Since the 1970s, Sher­man has cap­tured the zeit­geist of iden­tity and pho­tog­ra­phy, us­ing her­self as the sub­ject in an on­go­ing se­ries of por­traits in which she plays an ar­ray of char­ac­ters of­ten mis­read­ing so­cial trends.the re­sult is a satire of celebrity, self­hood and so­cial con­di­tion­ing that makes for some awk­ward images.“it’s the lit­tle fail­ures that she am­pli­fies,”ex­plains the ex­hi­bi­tion’s cu­ra­tor,el­lie But­trose. “It’s those mo­ments of fail­ure that we all ex­pe­ri­ence our­selves.”

Her work dips into the fash­ion and art worlds, re­flect­ing her love/hate re­la­tion­ship with both.the por­traits de­pict so­cial “types” rang­ing from the grasp­ing fash­ion­ista to the self-con­scious every­woman, al­most all caught on cam­era “be­tween poses”. And while Sher­man’s char­ac­ter por­tray­als have been called the ul­ti­mate self­ies, as But­trose ex­plains,“it’s never Cindy — it’s al­ways a selfie of the char­ac­ter she’s play­ing.”

Cindy Sher­man at the Gallery of Mod­ern Art, Queens­land, May 28– Oc­to­ber 3,

Pho­to­graphs by Cindy Sher­man show­ing at Queens­land’s Gallery of Mod­ern Art, clock­wise from right: Un­ti­tled #404, 2000; Un­ti­tled #465, 2008; Un­ti­tled #548 (a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Chanel), 2010–12; Un­ti­tled #418, 2004; Un­ti­tled #462, 2007–08; Un­ti­tled #463, 2007–08.

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