Les approches

  • 1973
  • Annette Messager
  • Artist Book

Annette Messager is motivated by the processes of representation linked to womanhood, identity, dreams and human desires, by means of collection, handiwork, play, texts, drawings, photographs and embroidery. She represents the pathologies of the contemporary world as filmed fairy tales or poetic fables with sombre, malignant connotations..

Les Approches (1973), is an artist’s book emerging from archival explorations. It contains a collection of black-and-white photographs of male attitudes, organized into categories.

© Adagp, Paris, 2016. Photo © Louis Vuitton / Christian Kain ; Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton


Annette Messager

Annette Messager belongs to a generation of artists who, since the 1970s, have been rewriting the language of art.

Without stating a specific position, Messager asserts her dual identity as a woman and an artist. She creates characters that cultivate ambiguity: the Collectionneuse, the Truqueuse, the Amoureuse and the Femme pratique, whose imaginary lives are opportunities to expose prejudice and express what is usually left unsaid. In the 1980s Messager began to incorporate fragments of the body through photography, fur and puppets, inserting them in mechanised worlds, focusing on the emotive and symbolic charge of works that reflect the theatre of life in derisory, grotesque or dramatic fashion. In 2005, Messager received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, where she represented France.

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