La femme d'à côté: Group show

25 January - 22 February 2014 17 rue des Filles du Calvaire 75003 Paris

With Helena Almeida, Anne-lise Broyer, Claire Tabouret, Claudia Huidobro, Paz Corona, Elisabeth Llach, Francesca Woodman, Laura Henno, Janaina Tschäpe, Juul Kraijer, Karen Knorr, Ellen Kooi, Katinka Lampe, Laurent Fiévet, Anni Leppälä, Marie Maurel de Maillé, Nelli Palomäki, Patricia et Marie-France Martin, Catherine Poncin, SMITH

This exhibition evokes a theatre where women play all the possible roles from the position of direction to action. The stage varies: the interior of a bourgeois villa, the rooms of an abandoned house where stories seep out of walls and furniture, out of an artist’s or a photographer’s studio. Those women-heroines act in the shadows of streets lined with buildings, trees or a river bed.

The tone alludes to tragedies. But the end of the story remains in suspense and the interpretation open to the viewer’s own appreciation. Here, heroines don’t yield to the temptation that consumes Mathilde, the leading figure in Truffaut’s movie. They’re driven by the same blast as the artists that create them: without whose gaze or gesture, they could as well have stayed off-stage, aside, next door.