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Why are you angry ?

Date: 2017
Medium: Video
Dimensions: Film 16mm
Collection: Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin - Pré-acquisition 2015

The title of this 16mm film, Why are you angry?, is inspired by this of Paul Gauguin’s work in 1896 which was entitled No Te Aha Oe Riri. The artist duo Nashashibi/Skaer deconstructs the iconic representation of Tahitian women in Paul Gauguin’s paintings.

In this piece, the artists situate the female figure as subject and author, rather than mere object of the male artist’s gaze. This concept, theorized in 1975 by feminist filmmaker Laura Mulvey, defines the biased construction of femininity by the male creator. In their film, Nashashibi/Skaer borrow from Gauguin’s work, staging their contemporary female models in poses similar to those found in the postimpressionists’ pieces, while granting the subjects a newfound agency: the liberty to not observe the spectator in turn. By reexamining these scenes, the artists topple the male gaze: the representation of women by women, inviting the spectator to observe the subjects through a different lens.
You, exposition au musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris
© Lafayette Anticipations

Production specifications

The Foundation team and the artists produce working elements and images of the works at different stages of production (sketches, mock-ups, prototypes, etc.).
12 September 2017
09 April 2017
08 March 2017
22 April 2016
08 March 2016
31 December 2014