Cindy Sherman belongs to a generation of postmodern artists, often referred to as the Pictures Generation, who in the 1970s and 1980s redefined the photograph and its place in an ever-more visually oriented culture. At the end of the 1970s, she created her famous series Film Stills, where she staged herself in photographic presentations of recognisable or stereotyped female roles in movies.
With the help of masks, wigs and prostheses, she has appropriated various types of female personas, from movie stars and centrefolds to society women and historic characters. Her pictures explore well-established genres such as film, fashion photography and art in order to cast a critical eye on the cultural representation of women. As both model and creator, Sherman appropriates the pictures and presentations that already exist as cultural products. Her pictures open up new interpretations of familiar phenomena and continue to challenge ideas about representation, identity and portraiture.
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