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.