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Annie Vacher Cohen

1943 | Bugeat, France
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French visual artist.

After spending her secondary education in Brive, Annie Vacher Cohen earned a master’s degree in film history (1973) and teaching degree in visual arts (1976) in Paris, after which she became an arts teacher. Her work initially consists in wandering in places where “history comes to the surface,” where she collects materials, shards of glass, stones, pieces of iron, wood, concrete, dust, and paint chips – as many traces or relics that she assembles to evoke people or events that resonate with her. Her work on Port Royal Abbey and on the women who, from Angélique Arnaud to Marie de Sévigné, made it a symbol of resistance against the Church and monarchy, is an accomplished example of this. Other subject matters in her works, which stand midway between painting and sculpture, include women writers and/or activists (Olympe de Gouges, Marguerite Duras, Virginia Woolf); heroines, like Berenice; myths, like the fall of Icarus; natural or architectural and historical sites (Versailles).

She often includes signs of her physical involvement in the piece, like hair or traces of blood. Annie Vacher Cohen has exhibited in Paris (Des lieux et des femmes, textures et éclats, espace-galerie des femmes, 2012; La Peau des murs, espace de L’Harmattan, 2005), as well as in Magny-les-Hameaux (À fleur de pierre, Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs, 2009). She lives and works in Saint-Cyr-l’École, France.

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From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
© 2013 Des femmes – Antoinette Fouque
© Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Charax Canadel, 2011, 60 x 60 cm, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Marguerite Duras, 2007, 65 x 25 cm, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Ménilmontant, 2004, unknown dimensions, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Phèdre, 2004, 60 x 60 cm, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Angélique (Arnauld), 2007, 16 x 16 cm, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Antigone – Versailles, 2008, 60 x 60 cm, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Lulu – Berlin, 2010, 40 x 40, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Judith Brive, 2011, 60 x 60 cm, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Virginia Woolf, 2011, 60 x 60 cm, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

Annie Vacher Cohen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Annie Vacher Cohen, Psychose – Sarah Kane, 2014, 60 x 60 cm, Courtesy Annie Vacher Cohen

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