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Sortir les couteaux: Definition of the Oppressed (2017)




Sortir les couteaux: Definition of the Oppressed, photographs, 2017
With the collaboration of Klara Dumont, Clara Perrier, Pauline Musco, Clara, Gab Besse, and Pauline Pettoello


Series of six manipulated photographs taken in friends’ homes after discussion of Christiane Rochefort’s ‘Définition de l’Opprimé.e’ (1971).

|texte| ‘Définition de l’Opprimé.e’ (1971) [Christiane Rochefort]



In Imagined Violence/Queer Violence, Jack Halberstam speaks of a necessity of being able to imagine violence, more specifically a female violence:


"...female violence transforms the symbolic function of the feminine within popular narratives and it simultaneously challenges the hegemonic insistence upon the linking of might and right under the sign of masculinity.

[...]

We have to be able to imagine violence and our violence needs to be imaginable because the power of fantasy is not to represent but to destabilize the real."









Sortir les couteaux: Definition of the Oppressed, six photographs, 2017
With the collaboration of Klara Dumont, Clara Perrier, Pauline Musco, Clara, Gab Besse, and Pauline Pettoello










Mark