The lover, the seducer, the servant, and the saint, 2013

According to the French philosopher Alain Badiou, the figures of women in literature and the arts have mainly been constructed by men, following four different patterns, which are traditionally mixed together in pairs.

The first one is the domestic animal, producer and reproducer, including maternity and housewife.

The second one is the woman described as a seducer, the dangerous and sexual woman.

The third is the woman which is the emblem of love, gift of self to others, and of passionate altruism.

The last one is the sacred virgin, the saint and the mediator.

"The lover, the seducer, the servant, and the saint" pays homage to Photographer Francesca Woodman and to every woman who saw her destiny chained to these imprisoning woman figures.

watch the conference of Alain Badiou (in french)

 
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