Since the mid 1990s, Françoise Pétrovitch has adopted as her own a vocabulary associated with adolescence and childhood, and by extension its symbolism and mythology. The figures of young girls and boys that recurrently appear across her works on paper, her paintings, mural drawings, sculptures and installations? are above all archetypes and are completely disassociated from any narrative. They are figures in action, playing Blind Man’s Buff, holding hands, braiding each other’s hair, or involved in other everyday activities. Occasionally they even go as far as to torture or mutilate each other. These archetypical figures, simply defined as either male or female, reoccurring from one oeuvre to another, are ultimately perfectly interchangeable.
She has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain in Marseille, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chambéry, Centre d’Art contemporain in Le Chambon sur Lignon, and the Living Art Museum in Reykjavick. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and MAC in Sao Paulo, among many others.
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