Madrid

Delphine Seyrig, Sois belle et tais-toi! (Be Pretty and Shut Up!), 1976, video, black-and-white, sound, 115 minutes. From “Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s.”

Delphine Seyrig, Sois belle et tais-toi! (Be Pretty and Shut Up!), 1976, video, black-and-white, sound, 115 minutes. From “Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s.”

“Defiant Muses”

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Giovanna Zapperi, the exhibition “Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s” explores the intersections of cinema, video, and feminism in France through the figure of the actress turned activist Delphine Seyrig (1932–1990). With galleries devoted to themes ranging from a critique of cinema to psychiatric reform, the exhibition carefully tracks Seyrig’s shift from her career on-screen (she starred in seminal works by filmmakers such as Alain Resnais) to her political collaborations within a feminist framework. Key here is how at the time of the women’s liberation movement in France she picked up a Porta-Pak to engage in a multivalent media critique and thereby explore women’s experiences and struggles as part of the feminist video collective Les Insoumuses (the group’s name is a portmanteau

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