CE QUE VAUT UNE FEMME : LES DOUZE HEURES DU JOUR ET DE LA NUIT

Elsa & Johanna

CE QUE VAUT UNE FEMME : LES douze HEURES DU JOUR ET DE LA NUIT 
ELsa & johanna

October 2022

195 x 300 mm

176 pages

Language: French

Images: b&w photographs 

Text: Marie Robert, chief curator at the Musée d’Orsay, in charge of photography.

45 €

 

ISBN : 979-10-92727-52-4

 

Limited edition 

Boxed set including the book and a numbered and signed print. 
Choice of 24 images limited to 2 editions per image.

ce que vaut une femme :

les DOUZE heures du jour et de la nuit

ELSA & JOHANNA

 

 

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

 

The origin of this project is the discovery of a book, in the attic of the family house, entitled “Ce que vaut une femme : traité d’éducation morale et pratique des jeunes filles” (What a woman is worth : a treatise on the moral and practical education of young girls), published in 1893 with the support of the Ministry of Public Education. Its content appeared to us both edifying and comic.

 

The tone is set in the introduction by its author, Éline Roch, winner of the Doyen-Doublié Prize (in 1893): “What would happen to our country the day when women were diverted from their natural destination, when young girls could assume that there was something else for them than the noble and holy mission of being wives and mothers? “.

 

To accompany the re-edition of the book, we wanted a woman’s perspective to bring her sensitivity and emotions to this work from another time. We have chosen to give carte blanche to the duo of female artists Elsa & Johanna who present an original series and a singular and offbeat response to the book.

 

© Elsa & Johanna, Ce que vaut une femme : Les 12 heures du jour et de la nuit, The Eyes Publishing, Design Les Graphiquants

 

ce que vaut une femme :

les douze heures du jour et de la nuit

Léone Sallé de Chou
PhilosopheR

 

“To the rhythm of the treatise on the moral education of young girls, the series of each of the 24 portraits of characters embodied by Elsa & Johanna are inserted between the pages, sometimes making the text disappear to better impose itself, or facing one of the 12 engravings of the book. 

 

 

Each woman has her moment in the book, with her name and the place of the house where she is. We find there the interiors, the one assigned to the woman but reincarnated by these women who each gives free rein to their emotions, to their personality.

 

Without illustrating the images, some passages of the text are highlighted to not forget the story and sublimate this journey of struggle and fight for equality.”

 

 

 

ABOUT ELSA & JOHANNA 

 

 

Elsa & Johanna are a duo of visual artists, photographers and filmmakers. They met at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2014, where they were studying alongside their respective studies. Elsa was then a student at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, while Johanna studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, in Eric Poitevin’s studio. In 2015, they made a name for themselves with the self-portrait series A Couple of Them, in which they embodied fictional characters, occupying the roles of model, stylist, set designer and photographer all at once.

The staging of the self becomes a recurring theme in their personal work. They are invited to the Salon de Montrouge, in 2016, and are finalists for the HSBC Prize for Photography, then win the Picto Prize for Fashion, in 2017. They are represented by the Galerie La Forest Divonne the same year and have since exhibited at the MAC VAL, Art Paris and Paris Photo, won the Prix du Public at the Festival de Hyères in the photography section in 2019 and were recently finalists for the Prix du Festival de Photographie d’Arles Louis Rœderer.

The artist duo is currently exhibiting in Paris at the MEP Studio with the series “The Timeless Story of Moomerland”.

 

The series “The Twelve Hours of Day and Night” will be exhibited from November 3rd at the Maison Auguste Comte in the framework of PhotoSaintGermain event.

 

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