Annette Messager Ma collection de proverbes, 1974/2012

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Natural wooden box, 35 x 42 x 5.5 cm
Contains 15 proverbs embroidered on white natural cotton fabric, each 28 x 35 cm
Cotton Thread


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Edition of 24 numbered and signed copies and 6 artist's proofs
The 24 boxes contain 13 mutual proverbs and 2 specific proverbs
The 6 artist's proofs contain the same 13 proverbs and 3 different proverbs in each set
Each copy is unique
Produced and published by mfc-michèle didier in 2012

©2012 Annette Messager & mfc-michèle didier
NB: All rights reserved. No part of this edition may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission of the artist and the publisher.

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Artist-collector and handywoman, Annette Messager has made nearly sixty "collection albums" between 1972 and 1974. Inspired by words, writings and images, the artist has created her albums from an accumulation of texts, photographs, notes and miscellaneous items, cautiously collected and sorted. Sometimes carefully glued in notebooks, sometimes gathered in bulk folders, each one of Annette Messager's albums include a handwritten title by the artist.

The albums are organized according to various themes, such as love life, encounters or domestic life and resemble sometimes a diary, a photo album or a recipe book. Les hommes que j'aime, Ma collection de proverbes, Ma vie illustrée or Mon livre de cuisine are a few examples. Annette Messager assembles common, everyday items to create a work that is subtly both poetic and feminist.

Although the use of the personal pronoun suggests that the albums are autobiographical, they are works of fiction. They reveal the ironic fantasy life of a young woman embodying the archetype of the 60's housewife. This woman is not Annette Messager.

Ma collection de proverbesis one of these collections that Annette Messager has then compiled over a long period of time and that consists of a series of "misogynist" proverbs. The artist has embroidered them on pieces of white fabric in 1974, attributing them in an incisive and ironic perspective. mfc-michèle didier published the works in 2012.

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