"Masculine? Feminine? It depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me."
Claude Cahun (1894-1954), born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob, was a French
Surrealist photographer who explored gender identity and protested gender
norms. She chose "Claude" since the name was ambiguous and could refer to both a
man and a woman. This very ambiguity became a theme in her exploration.
Together with muse and lover Marcel Moore (a pseudonym), Cahun became active
as a resistance worker - disguised as non-Jews - placing pamphlets in
soldiers' pockets. In a church, they hang a banner saying "Jesus is great,
but Hitler is greater – because Jesus died for people, but people die for
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