Marguerite Duras on the set of the movie Écrire [Writing], directed by Benoit Jacquot, 1993, © Helene Bamberger/Opale / Bridgeman Images
In 1972 the exhibition Woman House marked a pivotal moment in the history of feminist art. Women artists, excluded from galleries and museums, decided to take over an abandoned house in Los Angeles to create feminist art works and performances, to alert the art world of the profound inequality between genders.
Almost forty years later, the exhibition Women House that took place at the Monnaie de Paris in 2016 focused on the way in which women artists explored representations of the home, the domestic sphere and architecture. There, several generations of feminist artists were brought together.
In spring 2020, the cofounders of AWARE Camille Morineau, curator of the exhibition Women House at the Monnaie de Paris, and writer Julie Wolkenstein, have created the podcast in response to the confinement imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first episode of Women House, director and cofounder of AWARE Camille Morineau has chosen five excerpts from a text that is particularly dear to her: Writing [Écrire] by Marguerite Duras.
The english version of this episode is read by Muriel Zagha. Muriel Zagha is a French writer and broadcaster who lives in London. A film specialist, Muriel contributes to the Times Literary Supplement and to cultural programmes on BBC Radio 4. She is also the author of three novels.
AWARE’s podcast Women House is made possible by the support of Belinda de Gaudemar. Produced by Elodie Royer. Sound by Andrew Nelson. English reader: Muriel Zagha.