Claude Cahun

Claude Cahun (Lucy Schwob) was born in Nantes in 1894 to a bourgeois family of Jewish intellectuals. In 1917 she adopted the pseudonym Claude Cahun and published poems and articles—also under other names. From 1922 onwards, she founded an artists’ salon with her partner Suzanne Malherbe (also known as Marcel Moore) in Montparnasse in Paris. Her work appeared in a variety of French magazines, where she published surrealist and political texts. In 1937 the couple moved to the Channel Islands and lived in Jersey. During the Second World War they were active in the resistance against the German occupation and were eventually interned. Claude Cahun died on Jersey in 1954. Her most important work, a combination of texts and photomontages, is the book Aveux non avenus (1930).

Her work was included in the exhibition 'Dancing with Myself' (2018) at Punta della Dogana.