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A coedition a.p.r.e.s éditions / Centre national des arts plastiques

An artist, Nil Yalter, who can conceive of art only as a political commitment.
Or an artistic development marked by themes of confinement and liberation.
Or a composite installation, La Roquette, prison de femmes (1974-1975), acquired by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques as soon as it was created.
Or a film, the central point of the installation, where the mise en scène and the plasticity of the images plunges the spectator into the prison environment.
Or Mimi, an ex-convict who tells her story openly, in voiceover.
Or a collection of texts by Philippe Artières, Pascale Cassagnau, Anne-Marie Duguet, Fabienne Dumont, Mimi and Melis Tezkan, which are like so many variations on Nil Yalter and her work.

 
 

A film by Nil Yalter. In collaboration with Judy Blum and Nicole Croiset.

The film La Roquette, prison de femmes is part of a multimedia installation of the same name, created by Nil Yalter in 1974 in collaboration with artist Judy Blum and film director Nicole Croiset.
This multifaceted work grew out of a chance meeting with Mimi, a former prisoner of the Petite Roquette prison for women. The installation consists of a black-and-white videotape and a series of drawings and photographs, along with a full written transcription of Mimi’s narrative. For the film, Mimi accepted to record her story directly on a tape recorder, without constraints or witnesses. It is transmitted in voiceover.
The mise en scène and the plasticity of the images plunge the spectator into the life of a sexist prison environment and make the physical and mental confinement of the prisoners perceptible.

BONUS:
« Marguerite Duras à la Petite Roquette » A film by Jean-Noël Roy
A complementary audiovisual document from the archives of the French National Institute of Audiovisual (Ina) presents a 1967 interview with France’s first female prison director, Marie-Marguerite Vigorie, in office at the Petite Roquette prison. The interview was filmed by Jean-Noël Roy for the television show Dim/Dam/Dom and conducted by Marguerite Duras.

 
 

Texts by Philippe Artières, Pascale Cassagnau, Anne-Marie Duguet, Fabienne Dumont, Mimi and Melis Tezkan:

Mimi: Testimony

Fabienne Dumont: La Roquette, from confinement to emancipation

Melis Tezkan: A Home of my own

Anne-Marie Duguet: La Roquette, A Prison for Women

Philippe Artières: Word for word

Pascale Cassagnau: Writing from the outsid: Marguerite Duras à la Petite Roquette (1967, 12'15'')

Works by Nil Yalter from the collections of Centre national des arts plastiques

Philippe Artières is a historian and head of research at the Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique, within the Institut interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du contemporain at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Pascale Cassagnau is an art historian, inspector-advisor for artistic creation, and head of the audiovisual, video and new media collections at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques. Anne-Marie Duguet is Professor Emeritus at the Université Paris 1, art critic and exhibition commissioner. She is the author of Vidéo, la mémoire au poing (1981); Jean-Christophe Averty (1991); and Déjouer l’image. Créations électroniques et numériques (2002). She manages Anarchive, a multimedia collection on contemporary art. Fabienne Dumont is an art historian, art critic, and teacher at the École européenne supérieure d’Art de Bretagne. Her doctoral thesis became a book, Des sorcières comme les autres – Artistes et féministes dans la France des années 1970 (2014). She also edited the anthology La rébellion du Deuxième Sexe – L’histoire de l’art au crible des théories féministes anglo-américaines (1970-2000) (2011). She is preparing a monograph on Nil Yalter. Melis Tezkan is an artist and researcher. She is a cofounder of the “biriken” collective.

 
 


 
 

> 1 DVD
Film: « La Roquette, Prison de femmes »
A film by Nil Yalter in collaboration with Judy Blum et Nicole Croiset
24 minutes – Original Version – © 1974 Nil Yalter
Bonus: « Marguerite Duras à la Petite Roquette »
A film by Jean-Noël Roy
13 minutes – French Version English Subtitles – © 1967 Archives INA
> 1 LIVRE: éd. Française / Anglaise – 19 x 14 cm – 128 pages (color & n/b)
Texts by Philippe Artières, Pascale Cassagnau, Anne-Marie Duguet, Fabienne Dumont, Mimi and Melis Tezkan.
Texts © 2016 CNAP

> Publication: april 2016
> Co-edition a.p.r.e.s éditions / Centre national des arts plastiques

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