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Women in motion

Women in motion

Photographies of Catherine Deudon

The photographer Catherine Deudon was part of (nearly) all the feminist demonstrations. At the age of 16 she discovered Simone de Beau­voir and her book The Second Sex in which she found a revelation. After working as the assis­tant of the photographer Denise Colomb, she embraced the feminist movement and became heavily involved in it from 1970 onwards. She took many photos of gatherings and actions carried out by feminist groups and, in particu­lar, the early moments of the Women’s Libera­tion Movement (MLF). Her early work was char­acterised by wide-angled shots, in an attempt to capture as many women’s faces as possible.

Her photos accentuate the chronology of the MLF’s public actions and illustrate the sym­bolic shift towards a strong feminine identity within the public sphere. Derision abounds, provocations blossom on colourful banners, re-appropriated posters and placards are brandished on the marches. The usual style of demonstration is overturned and replaced by songs, disguises and dances drawn from the twin demands to entertain and to provoke.

The exhibition Women in motion invites the vis­itor to retrace this era, where a new way of do­ing things heralds the age of identity that still exists today.     

 

01.03.2016 - 13.03.2016
Free entrance

 

Institut français of Beijing

Guangcai International Mansion, 18 Gongti Xilu

Chaoyang district, Beijing, Beijing

 

Phone : 010-6553 2627

 

 

 

     

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