Les Tortures Volontaires (1972), 2013


Two gelatin-silver prints in passe-partout

7.48 x 5.51 in

19.0 x 14.0 cm

Unique Work

This work is signed by the artist.

PRICE: $1,429

    About The Work

    Les Tortures Volontaires by Annette Messager is a series of 81 gelatin-silver prints. Each work within this series is unique, and it is the artist’s intent that the prints be sold in sets of two (the price indicated here is for two works to be chosen by the buyer). In 2013, Messager discovered the original set of photographs (printed in 1972) in a long forgotten closet. The dated works’ theme—the great lengths to which a woman will go to make herself physically attractive—still resonated to the artist who decided to reprint the images. The resulting series, Les Tortures Volontaires (the voluntary tortures), consists of pictures culled from magazines and advertisements from the ’70s. “Today bodies and faces are remodeled, redesigned, dreamed up, but still standardized according to the collective criteria of our contemporary society,” says Messager. “Unlike wine, which alters and develops its full bouquet as it ages, we human beings continually fight against this natural process of time.”

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