Les Femmes s’en Mêlent revisited — Facts and Fantaisies


Painting, photography, sound - music, video

Les Femmes s’en Mêlent revisited
Facts and Fantaisies

Past: February 1 → 25, 2017

Trente-quatre Au nom de valeurs qui enferment plus qu'elles ne défendent, une lourde lame de fond laisse tonner des paroles qui attaquent directement la liberté sexuelle et la liberté des corps.

We all remember the rock heroines from the 70’s and the beginning of the 80’s such as Patti Smith, Blondie and Kate Bush, as well as their more underground versions the Slits, Siouxsie, Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex or Nina Hagen. They embody the unique atmosphere of a radical era, which inspired a multitude of today’s female figures, most of them being presented during the LFSM festival.

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Sarah Bastin, Robi, (LFSM), 2015 Photography Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris

We intend to revisit twenty years of festival through sound and visual documents along with the exhibition of contemporary artworks and vintage archives in order to explore the history of the event and everything that nurtured it. The audience will have the opportunity to discover concert photographs and artist portraits (Evelyne Coutas, Sarah Bastin, Florie Berger, Renaud Montfourny, Cécil Mathieu, Vincent Ferrané), paintings and drawings (Radenko Milak, Ditte Ejlerskov, LUZ), emblematic artworks of the “rock attitude” (SMITH, Karen Knorr & Olivier Richon, Charlotte Beaudry), text excerpts (Virginie Despentes, Maylis de Kerangas), posters (Hélène Builly, Mylène Lestradic…), articles, magazine covers and rare vinyls.

Between fantasy and reality, the exhibition will be the occasion to go into a pop and female graphic universe through the eye of Les Femmes s’en Mêlent, where rock icons stand alongside anonymous people and tell the subjective and dashing visual story of the female music scene.

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Radenko Milak, Grace Jones, 2016 Watercolor — 50 × 36 cm Courtesy of Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Galerie Priska Pasquer & l’Agence à Paris

A movie projection night will complement the exhibition. Les Femmes s’en mêlent Festival will be held in Paris from March 27th to 31st, and in the rest of France from March 23rd to April 1st.

Curators : Stéphane Amiel & Marie Magnier

  • Opening Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6 PM → 9 PM
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17, rue des Filles-du-calvaire

75003 Paris

T. 01 42 74 47 05 — F. 01 42 74 47 06


Filles du Calvaire

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6:30 PM
Please note that the gallery will observe its usual hours from May 11 to May 16, then from May 18 it will open Thursday — Saturday 11 AM to 6:30 PM

Venue schedule

The artists

  • Smith
  • Charlotte Beaudry
  • Renaud Monfourny
  • Radenko Milak
  • Sarah Bastin
  • Florie Berger
  • Evelyne Coutas
  • Ditte Ejlerskov
  • Karen Knorr & Olivier Richon
  • Philippe Levy
And 3 others…

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