Annette Messager is a French visual artist. In 2005 she won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale for her artwork at the French Pavilion and this year she won the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award.
“Little girl” Annette opens her tailor’s case, her Pandora box: black threads come out running, knotting, like snakes they wrap around words and skin, furs and shadows. Scissors and pincers dissect, flay the memories and raise the altars for the spirits of loss and shame. She births chimeras, she grows gigantic, like Alice, gets lost in her own toy-wonderland body. She listens to mommy and daddy scream and lets such screeching music be the tune to which her puppets dance.
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