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Annette Messager

Les Tortures Volontaires (1972), 2013ZoomEdition Gerd HatjeAnnette MessagerLes Tortures Volontaires (1972), 2013

Les Tortures Volontaires (1972), 2013

Les Tortures Volontaires (1972), 2013ZoomEdition Gerd HatjeAnnette MessagerLes Tortures Volontaires (1972), 2013

Les Tortures Volontaires (1972), 2013

Annette Messager’s (*1943 in Berck) multifaceted work has been seen in museum exhibitions around the world. In 2005 she won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennial for her installation, Casino, in the French pavilion.

For her 1972 work Les Tortures Volontaires (The voluntary tortures), she collected diverse images from magazines and advertising, some of which are amusing, while others are almost frightening. Although these motifs are from the early 1970s, Messager’s theme—the many procedures we undergo to make ourselves look more “beautiful,” our self-images, and our notions of beauty—is still very au courant. She herself writes: “Today bodies and faces are remodeled, redesigned, dreamed up, but still standardized according to the collective criteria of our contemporary society. Unlike wine, which alters and develops its full bouquet as it ages, we human beings continually fight against this natural process of time.”

The work from 1972 consists of a wall installation of black-and-white photographs and an Album Collection. Only recently has Messager discovered another set of 81 prints from 1972. Taking advantage of this discovery, the series will at last be published in its entirety by Hatje Cantz. For our Collector’s Edition, Messager has provided her original negatives: one gelatin silver print will be made of each negative, and its size and mounting will be based on the 1972 originals. Each edition is made up of two motifs, presented with the book in an elaborate fold-out set.

All motifs are illustrated in the PDF that you can download in the right column >>

Annette Messager
Les Tortures Volontaires (1972), 2013

Two gelatin-silver prints in passe-partout presented together with the book in a handmade clamshell box together with 'Album'.
Unique prints, signed
sheet size: 19 × 14 cm each
The series consists of eighty-one works of which there are available forty diptychs in as gelatin-silver prints. Each motif has been printed only once and exclusively for Edition Gerd Hatje.


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