Jürgen Klauke. Physiognomien. 1974-75

Jürgen Klauke Physiognomien 1974-75

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Klauke’s performance-based works Physiognomien (Physiognomies) consist of a sequence of close-ups depicting the artist acting out fictional characters in front of the camera, making nuanced changes in facial expression and pose. Disguised with makeup, Klauke unwraps conventional gender and sex roles to reveal a sense of discovery of his own identity through otherness. The sequence of portraits functions as an ambiguous document that is simultaneously authentic and theatrical, probing culturally constructed parameters of identity.

Gallery label from XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography, May 10, 2013–January 6, 2014.
Gelatin silver prints
Each 23 5/8 × 19 11/16" (60 × 50 cm)
Acquired through the generosity of Helen Kornblum in honor of Roxana Marcoci and The Photography Council Fund
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© 2021 Jürgen Klauke

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