Exposition

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Exposition

By  Nathalie Léger , Translated by  Amanda DeMarco
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The first in Nathalie Léger’s acclaimed genre-defying triptych of books about the struggles and obsessions of women artists.

Exposition is the first in a triptych of books by the award-winning writer and archivist Nathalie Léger that includes Suite for Barbara Loden and The White Dress. In each, Léger sets the story of a female artist against the background of her own life and research—an archivist's journey into the self, into the lives that history hides from us. Here, Léger's subject is the Countess of Castiglione (1837–1899), who at the dawn of photography dedicated herself to becoming the most photographed woman in the world, modeling for hundreds of photos, including “Scherzo di Follia,” among the most famous in history. Set long before our own “selfie” age, Exposition is a remarkably modern investigation into the curses of beauty, fame, vanity, and age, as well as the obsessive drive to control and commodify one's image.

Nathalie Léger is the award-winning author of Suite for Barbara Loden and The White Dress, as well as an editor and archivist. She has curated exhibitions on Roland Barthes and Samuel Beckett for the Centre Pompidou, and is Director of the Institut Mémoires de l’Édition Contemporaine, an organization dedicated to preserving the archives of modern French writers.


Amanda DeMarco is an American writer and translator based in Berlin, translating from French and German.

ISBN: 9781948980036

ISBN-10: 9781948980036

Publisher: Dorothy, a publishing project

Publication Date: 09/15/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/15/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 160

Language: English

Categories

Fiction / Feminist

Art / Women Artists

Photography / History