ME, MYSELF & CINDY
CINDY SHERMAN’S photographic reflections reveal the awkward side of the selfie. By ELIZA O’HARE
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, qagoma.qld.gov.au.
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.