For creating this paragraph, I am going to create a question that I can start my paragraph off with and then go into further analysis to help the reader gain contextual knowledge about the text and better depth of understanding. How the image is significant to the topic.
Created question: How does this visual text reflect the use of gender in self-portraiture?
When studying an image considered to be a self-portrait, we need to understand the context of the image. These visual texts are examples of how gender is used to portray ideas or a type of performance. The image (Fig.1) is created by Jürgen Klauke in 1972 is part of the collection called ‘Transformer’, where multiple self-portraits have been made, blurring the lines between the two genders. As said by Simone de Beauvoir, ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’ (qtd. in Mirzoeff 52), I believe this will help create an understanding about this type of self-portraiture because gender can be used to convey an idea or some type of performance, it is something us humans can relate to. We can all connect to a gender even if it is one we weren’t given by nature. Self-portraiture of gender is shown through photographic and painting means. For example, from my blog post, 237130_A2_WEEK5_TASK#3_TASK A_23/04/2016. I have used a painting by Frida Kahlo (Fig.2) to show the use of gender within visual texts. This image is showing her emotional response to her husband leaving by wearing masculine clothing and having a cropped style hair cut. In relation to the first visual text (Fig.1) they are both using gender as a form of communication, in this case Frida Kahlo is using it to show emotion. Through understanding the background behind the image, we’re able to understand the emotional connection to the painting and create a personal connection to the visual text.
(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Chapter One. How to See Yourself.”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)
(Kahlo, Frida. Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair. 1940. Museum of Modern Art, New York. MoMALearning. MoMA. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.)
(Klauke, Jürgen. Self Performance. 1972. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.)
(Klauke, Jürgen. “JÜRGEN KLAUKE – Fotografie.” JÜRGEN KLAUKE – Fotografie. Jürgen Klauke, n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.)
(Tangaere, Bridget. “237130_A2_WEEK5_TASK#3_TASK A_23/04/2016.” Web log post. Bridget T Creativity. WordPress.com, 23 Apr. 2016. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.)