02/17/2021: TokyoSession #8, Camille Froidevaux Metterie / Pauline Curnier Jardin
Based on the work of artist Pauline Curnier Jardin (whose Peaux de dames [Ladies Skins] are shown in the exhibition Anticorps [Antibodies]) and more particularly her video Qu’un sang impur [Bled Out] broadcasted here below on the occasion of this eighth TokyoSession, French philosopher Camille Froidevaux-Metterie talks with Daria de Beauvais, co-curator of the exhibition.
The discussion begins with the idea of "anti-bodies", bodies considered as illegitimate for their being wrinkled, dull, mistreated and used. Their stigmas tell the story of the domination suffered by women in society, between violence, invisibilisation, ageism and objectification. For women who have been nothing more than bodies for a long time, it is about experiencing a paradoxical condition, torn between alienation and liberation.
Camille Froidevaux-Metterie is a feminist philosopher, professor of political science and equality-diversity officer at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. She works on seizing the mutations resulting from the turning point of feminist emancipation in a perspective placing the body at the center. She is the author of La révolution du féminin (2015), Le corps des femmes. La bataille de l'intime (2018) and Seins. En quête d’une libération (Anamosa, 2020). She currently works on a new book, Pour un féminisme incarné, to be published in 2021 at Le Seuil.
This conversation echoes the keyword "skin" in the exhibition Anticorps, which defines itself as a touch-induced reaction, and makes its own the question asked by philosopher and biologist Donna Haraway in her Cyborg Manifesto: "Why should our bodies stop at the border of our skins?"