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We take a look at fe­male per­for­mance artists who have trans­formed them­selves for their art

CINDY SHER­MAN Used her­self as a model in her 19771980 se­ries of pho­to­graphs de­signed to look like movie stills. In each of them, Cindy was her own cast and crew,

cre­at­ing im­ages of a 50s Hol­ly­wood star­let at home.

ADRIAN PIPER In 1973, Adrian (who is of mixed race), cre­ated the char­ac­ter Mythic Be­ing (right) dur­ing the civil rights move­ment – com­plete with an Afro wig, sun­glasses and a mous­tache. With this mas­cu­line per­sona,

and peo­ple’s re­ac­tions to it, she cre­ated po­lit­i­cal and so­cial com­men­tary.

NIKKI S LEE Spent four years con­struct­ing per­son­al­i­ties con­form­ing to dif­fer­ent Amer­i­can sub-cul­tures – from skate­board­ers to drag queens and punks – to un­der­stand

what iden­tity means and how it can be con­veyed.

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