Metroprint support 'Magic Mirror'

Featuring the work of Claude Cahun & Sarah Pucill


The exhibition curated by Karen Le Roy Harris, forms part of the Nunnery Gallery’s 2015 In Dialogue season, a year-long exploration of partnerships, artistic inspirations and deeply involved relationships between the artist and the muse.

Called ‘one of the most curious spirits of our time’ by André Breton, the exhibition for which Metroprint produced black and white fibre prints will offer a unique perspective and insight into the work by French surrealist artist Claude Cahun, who used subversive avant-garde art practice as a form of resistance in Nazi occupied Jersey during WW2.


Cahun (born Lucy Schwob) is best known her published articles in journals and her 1929 translation of Havelock Ellis’ theories on the third gender, which forms part of the gender neutral position Cahun took. She positioned herself as a surrealist but was not part of the official surrealist group, but part of the Théâtre Esoterique and this element of staging and masquerade are carried through to her work.  Cahun paved the way and was precursor to the next wave of female artists and photographers such as Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman, whose work also references gender identity, surrealism, fashion photography and tableaux vivants.


Sarah Pucill’s film Magic Mirror combines a re-staging of Cahun’s black and white photographs with selected extracts from her book Aveux Non Avenus (Confessions Denied). Exploring the longstanding relationship between photography and film Pucill moves Cahun’s work from still to moving image and repositions Cahun within a post-modern context with gender, self and identity at the centre of discourse.


Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ


Exhibition dates: 17th April – 14th June 2015

Private view: Thursday 16th April 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Entry to the exhibition is free


For more information about the exhibition

For more information about Karen Le Roy Harris