1. Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #3, 1977
Untitled Film Stills are seen as Cindy Sherman’s most famous series of photos. In each image, Sherman photographs herself as a cliche of “womanhood”. What makes this series a feminist work is that there is nothing to tell you that the images have been manufactured, yet when looked at in the series, the masquerade is obvious. Cindy Sherman is present in every photograph, but she is in disguise: she is at the same time the object of the gaze, but Cindy Sherman herself, cannot be seen. In this way, the male gaze is subverted and the work also shows that these stereotypical gender roles are merely performance, they are NOT an essential femininity. 

    Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #3, 1977

    Untitled Film Stills are seen as Cindy Sherman’s most famous series of photos. In each image, Sherman photographs herself as a cliche of “womanhood”. What makes this series a feminist work is that there is nothing to tell you that the images have been manufactured, yet when looked at in the series, the masquerade is obvious. Cindy Sherman is present in every photograph, but she is in disguise: she is at the same time the object of the gaze, but Cindy Sherman herself, cannot be seen. In this way, the male gaze is subverted and the work also shows that these stereotypical gender roles are merely performance, they are NOT an essential femininity. 

  2. This is a picture of Tap and Touch Cinema, a performance piece by Valie Export. Valie Export went to many cities in Europe and allowed people to place their hands within the theatre box she is wearing and touch her body. She did this as a feminist art piece addressing the male gaze in cinema: basically the fetishization of women. She tried to destroy the pleasure in looking by returning the gaze of the man, as well as exposing his private pleasure to the public, creating self-reflection.
What I wanted to ask all of you is do you think her method was effective?  What could she have done differently?

    This is a picture of Tap and Touch Cinema, a performance piece by Valie Export. Valie Export went to many cities in Europe and allowed people to place their hands within the theatre box she is wearing and touch her body. She did this as a feminist art piece addressing the male gaze in cinema: basically the fetishization of women. She tried to destroy the pleasure in looking by returning the gaze of the man, as well as exposing his private pleasure to the public, creating self-reflection.

    What I wanted to ask all of you is do you think her method was effective?  What could she have done differently?

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[A place to put my thoughts and random finds] -------------------------- 23 years old, feminist, perpetual student, nerd, gamer, animal appreciator, and Canadian