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Woman Paper : une voix pour les femmes de l’art
Le Choix d’Isabelle Evertse

Temps de lecture : 2 minutes et 27 secondes

Partenaire de cette nouvelle édition de Woman Paper, nous partagerons avec vous chaque jour de cette semaine de Paris Photo, le choix d’une femme du monde de l’art composé d’une photographie présentée lors de la foire accompagnée d’un texte féministe. Aujourd’hui, nous débutons avec Isabelle Evertse, photographe, curatrice et éditrice sud africaine.

Le Texte

Please, take photographs
de – Sindiwe Magona

Go to the nearest or cheapest electronic goods store
And there, buy cameras by the score.
Hurry! Go! Go! Go!
Then go home; gather your family and
Take photographs of them all
Especially, the children; especially, the young,
Hurry! Hurry! Take photos of them all
Before it is too late.
Take photographs of the children
Take photographs of them playing
Take photographs of them crying
Take photographs of them reading their best books
Or doing their chores – But –
Hurry! Hurry! Before it is too late.
Take photos of the children kneeling, busy at cat’s cradle
Take photos of them naked and dancing in the rain
Take photos of them fast asleep in their cozy beds
Take photos of them in their school uniforms; their Sunday best, Or ragged day dress.
But, please, hurry and take photos of the children,
Before it is too late
Before all the children are gone –
Before the promise that is their life
Is snuffed, easy as candle light.
Your sons, so fearless, call sex with condoms
Eating candy with the wrapper on.
Perhaps their coffins they’ll call castles
The ant and worm their company, slaves who do their every bidding.
Please, take photographs, and tell the children why –
Take photos, before the young perish, to the very last.
Take photographs! Take photographs, and put them on the walls.
So the image of the dear face will forever live on.
I know, small comfort is a picture, your son or daughter gone.
Cold is a photo, from it comes not warmth nor smile nor hug.
A photo does not laugh; it will not go to the shop for you
Or be solace in your old age.
But, take photographs! Take photographs
So on birthdays and other days of remembrance
You can point to the picture on the wall and say –
Vusi would’ve been thirty today, perhaps with a
Young one and yet another on the way.
Take photos, take photos, before all the children are gone.
Before our tomorrow is no more –
Halved, at best, by the plague that comes with love;
Helped by the children who will not believe their
Dying – And men who grew up in bone structure
The feet and inches, from the ground, sprouting.
Men who escaped the meaning of the passage of the years.
Who shot up, went to school – some;
But escaped the meaning of Social Responsibility.
To such souls, respect, respectable, respectability,
Are long dead; forget morality!
Doomed, despicable, craven images of humanity.
Please, hurry! Take photographs of all the children, now!
Take photos, for tomorrow they will be gone.
Take photos! Take photos of the children…
Children who will not see thirty.
Children who will never…grow…old.
Who will never grow old
Never
grow
old

Biographie

Isabelle Evertse est une photographe sud africaine, curatrice et éditrice basée en France. Diplômée des Beaux-Arts en 2007, elle passe un master en photographie en 2010, elle intègre l’agence Magnum comme stagiaire à Londres et à New York. En 2012, elle fonde le magazine piK pour promouvoir le travail des photographes à travers le monde. Depuis, elle a publié son premier livre photo avec Empty Stretch en 2012, écrit des critiques pour plusieurs publications, notamment Aperture et Off The Wall, et a récemment lancé le premier numéro de son dernier projet de magazine: Co-Curate aux côtés d’Aaron Schuman…

Woman Paper ?

woman paper est une publication sous forme d’un journal grand format consacrée aux femmes du monde de l’art par elles mêmes; destiné aux initiés et pour initier le plus grand nombre. Festival, foire, biennale, elle est réalisée en partenariat avec la direction de l’évènement qu’elle couvre, gratuite, elle est offerte dans les espaces VIP puis à l’ensemble visiteurs. Chaque édition reprend les artistes issues de la programmation d’une part et des découvertes plus underground d’autre part. Le contenu est parfois l’objet de rencontres entre artistes ou de conversations devant un public invité.

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