A year ago, on October 26, 2019, Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition, Cindy Sherman, opened with great fanfare. I had marked this event several months in advance, as this exhibition was an exploration of Cindy Sherman’s journey from the mid-1970’s to the present day, including selections from each of her major series, some of which had been created as recently as 2019.
Cindy Sherman challenges us to reflect upon individual identity, fashion trends, societal conventions, and transitions that come with aging. I visited the exhibition several times, each visit giving me a greater understanding of her work within the wider flow of creativity. Her imagination and brilliant way of presenting her appearance was breathtaking.
In the last week of the exhibition, without the knowledge that within a few days the WHO would announce the COVID-19 pandemic, I came to say goodbye to Cindy Sherman. As I look back at my photos, these many months later, there is an added poignancy in my reflection. We are now experiencing a new reality, a fundamental examination of personal identity and community engagement.
Thank you for joining me on my “virtual”return to Cindy Sherman’s exhibition. For more photos link into my Cindy Sherman SmugMug Gallery