Women House

“For women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, 1929.

Two notions intersect in the Women House exhibition: a gender, female, and a space, the domestic sphere. Architecture and public space have traditionally been male preserves, whereas domestic space has been that of women. However, as the exhibition demonstrates, this historic fact is not a fatality. Is the “woman-house” a refuge or a prison, or can it become a space for creativity?

The catalogue of the exhibition reflects the complexity of the possible points of view on the subject, which are not only feminist but also poetic and nostalgic. Women artists turn the house inside out: a symbol of isolation becomes a symbol of the construction of identity, the intimate becomes political, private space becomes public space, and the body turns into a piece of architecture. According to different cultural contexts and generations of artists, the house becomes a body-house, a homeland-house, or even a world-house.


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English editon

With works by Carla Accardi, Nazgol Ansarinia, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Claude Cahun, Pia Camil, Johanna Demetrakas, Lili Dujourie, Lucy Gunning, Mona Hatoum, Birgit Jürgenssen, Kirsten Justesen, Karin Mack, Isa Melsheimer, Zanele Muholi, Lucy Orta, Leticia Parente, Sheila Pepe, Martha Rosler, Elsa Sahal, Niki de Saint Phalle, Miriam Schapiro, Anne-Marie Schneider, Lydia Schouten, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Penny Slinger, Laure Tixier, Valie Export, Ana Vieira, Rachel Whiteread, Sue Williamson, Nil Yalter, Shen Yuan, Andrea Zittel

Texts by Flavia Frigeri, Camille Morineau, Gill Perry, Lucia Pesapane, Gabriele Schor, Giovanna Zapperi

89 colour reproductions

49 black-and-white reproductions

208 pages

23,5 × 30,5 × 2 cm

Hardcover with dust jackett

Published on 01/10/2017

ISBN : 978-2-917217-93-1

Graphic designer: Julie Rousset, Audrey Templier