Be Inauthentic

Be Inauthentic

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An essay exploring the creative possibilities of the performative. Looking at the work of Cindy Sherman it suggests that when we feel the pressure of authentic self-expression that abandoning the idea of selfhood entirely can not just help, but be a lot of fun. Why not experiment with occupying different subject positions? Why not try on a disguise? Why not explore the surprising creative potential of being completely inauthentic?

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96 (1981)

Words Kate Davies. Photography and illustration Tom Barr © Makadu Press 2019