Slightly tilted to the side, a young man gazes gracefully into the camera, rouge shimmers delicately on his prominent cheekbones, his lips glisten in a seductive red, while light blue eye shadow shines delicately over the eye area. His fingers with pink painted nails gently touch the right cheek of the half-portrait, a ring is prominently stuck on the little finger. Or is it not the supposed image of a woman after all?
Can we even decide on the basis of gender-specific visual codes which identity a person has? C/O Berlin presents the exhibition Queerness in Photography from 17 September 2022 to 18 January 2023.
In three complementary exhibitions (Under Cover . A Secret History of Cross-Dressers . Sébastien Lifshitz Collection | Casa Susanna . Cindy Sherman Collection | Orlando . Curated by Tilda Swinton), C/O Berlin’s Queerness in Photography explores the photographic representation of identity, gender and sexuality: from historical imagery showing the act of photographing as an act of identity-making, to a unique safe space in photographic history, to contemporary expressions of …
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Image above: Anonymous, Untitled, USA, ca. 1930. Sébastien Lifshitz Collection