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France 1900 – 1976

Untitled 1965 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: image 17.7 h x 12.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1997
Accession No: NGA 97.66

A late associate of the Surrealist group, with whom he exhibited during the 1950s, Molinier obsessively photographed himself in an extended performance-photography project that has become highly influential. Molinier’s photographs and photo-montages usually show him dressed in women’s clothing, engaged in fetishistic and auto-erotic activity. Each of his photographic self-portraits draws on the same claustrophobic space, which reflects both the architecture of the artist’s small Bordeaux apartment, and the sense of ‘looking through the keyhole’.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra