The Cité internationale des arts, in partnership with the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir and as part of the 2023 edition of the Festival d’Automne, is presenting the group exhibition Trailblazers: feminisms, camera in hand and archive over the shoulder.
The exhibition looks back at the cultural and visual history of feminism in France in the 1970s and 1980s through the founding in 1982 of the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir by 3 women – Delphine Seyrig, Carole Roussopoulos and Ioana Wieder, members of the collective Les Insoumuses [Defiant Muses]. Their videos, along with videos by other filmmakers and feminist collectives, documenting and participating in them, provide a map of the struggles of the time.
Trailblazers: feminisms, camera in hand and archive over the shoulder offers a vision of the fight for women’s emancipation by comparing these images, filmed and broadcast thanks to the first video cameras and portable video recorders, with different practices by contemporary artists, some of whom are still active today. Martha Wilson, Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki, Myriam Mihindou, Nil Yalter, Rada Akbar, Bouchra Khalili, Zanele Muholi, Saddie Choua, Lili Reynaud Dewar and Paula Valero Comín, have been or are currently in residence at the Cité internationale des arts.
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