Little Stories of Great Women Artists is an original project of playful and educational animated videos for children from the age of 7 and older.The objective of each episode? To shed light on the life and work of a woman artist from the 19th or 20th century in a three-minutes video. Imagined by screenwriter Sophie Caron, each story conveys the originality of an artist’s approach, their importance within an artistic movement, certain significant biographical stories, as well as difficulties that the artist may have encountered in her practice.
In a landscape where children’s publications and activities about art privilege male artists, this new and unique project intends for younger audiences to be able to identify important figures beyond all gender stereotypes. Through the discovery of these women artists, we hope to invite as many people as possible to discover the emotion that art can bring.
This new episode takes us to the United States, from Stockton, California, the artist’s birthplace, to New York and Georgia, to delve into the work of Kara Walker, an African-American artist who has gained international recognition. In her work, which diverts the caricatured and degrading images of Black people, she explores the painful past of slavery in the United States and the scars it has left in American society today.
While she is known first and foremost for her large installations composed of cut-out paper silhouettes, her work also explores drawing and sculpture.
A film produced as part of “The Origin of Others” research programme, in partnership with the Clark Art Institute.
Coordination : Mathilde de Croix with the AWARE team.
Research advisor : Louise Thurin.
Screenwriter: Sophie Caron.
Illustrator: Louise Nelson.
Sound and image Editor: Hugo July.
Voice: Melha Mammeri Bossard.