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Phémina Festival 2020 : Patrick Cockpit


Forgotten figures of feminist resistance at the dawn of the twentieth century.

The fourteen images shown here do not exist.

Everything is false.

The fourteen images presented here were found after several months of research.

It is all true.

Photography is lie and truth. In the nineteenth century, when the collodion technique made its appearance, it served primarily as a record. Today we would speak of photojournalism. The dead captured by Roger Fenton are the most obvious illustration of this. Things get complicated when the first portraits appear. Very quickly, the notion of decor takes on its importance. What to do with images without decoration, without any historical indication other than the clothes, the hairstyles, the attitudes of the people represented? How do you identify the time, the year, the historical truth of what you are looking at?

This is the subject of “Forgotten Figures of Feminist Resistance at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.” ”

Maintain doubt, force the viewer to question the veracity of what is presented to him. In the age of the Internet and Photoshop, when literally everything is in doubt, where is the truth? How to distinguish it? Where is the line between fiction and reality? 


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