Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Photography by Mallory Lowe
Makeup: Ariane Préfontaine
In 1907, when Picasso made his famous painting “Les demoiselles d’Avignon”, he created not only one of the most important work of art of the 20th century, but also a visual testimony of his artistic exploration of women and the African Continent. By reclaiming this iconic piece of art, we were looking to subvert the horrific role that Picasso imposed on the “Demoiselle d’Avignon”, while collaborating mostly with artists from African backgrounds to create a narrative of enchantment instead of aversion.
By playing with a pastel and soft color scheme, our “Demoiselles” impose to the public their accusation but also their attraction, through their looks. By taking inspiration in the work of a diversity of contemporary artists and in our own work,we are reappropriating this work with a sense of sorority and belonging. From the makeup to the selection of models to the realization, the project was created on the foundation of collaboration.
For us, “Les Demoiselles D’Avignons” are these women. These women coming from all around the world. These women with differents stories. These women who, through their looks, are breaking the power relations between the artist, the models and the public.
Originally published in IN #7, Fall 2018