Cindy Sherman is one of today’s most important artists. Her photography is instantly accessible, but also labyrinthine and contradictory. The artist herself is both model and photographer, but the pictures are not portraits. Sherman’s works conjure up narratives without revealing anything themselves. They cull material from a flow of film, art and media, creating links between the familiar and the unknown. What in her pictures do we want to believe, and why? Cindy Sherman circumvents the rational, categorical eye.
Since the 1980s Sherman’s works have been crucial to our perception of how identity is constructed, and of the mythogenic power of pictures. The exhibition highlights the frightening and fascinating dark streak that imbues Sherman’s entire oeuvre. Characters on the verge of derailing, creatures distancing themselves from humanity, moving towards the mythological, bestial or machinelike. In the galleries we encounter many of her works in completely new ways; a visual cacophony that generates other images and sequences, installed in close collaboration with the artist.
Cindy Sherman - Untitled Horrors is curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Lena Essling, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hanne Beate Ueland. The exhibition is organised by the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, in collaboration with Kunsthaus Zürich.
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