Video

Blanchisseuse, La

1993, 11:00 minutes, B&W, English

La blanchisseuse is an experimental video examining the tendency that still exists for women to take a greater responsibility than men for domestic work and nurturing.
The images - of a woman ironing a woman's top, then a man's shirt and finally children's clothing - pay homage in their composition to paintings of laundresses by such artists as Edgar Degas, Honoré Daumier, Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edward Stott and others.
The viewer is thus afforded an opportunity to develop new and creative readings of images of women at work and to consider the emotional / aesthetic underpinnings of women's complicity in creating the confinement of their situation.

L'image d'une femme repassant des vêtements rend hommage aux lavandières des peintures de Degas, de Daumier, de Manet, de Toulouse-Lautrec, de Stott et des autres. La blanchisseuse interroge ces portraits romantiques de la femme, comme si on lui attribuait, encore aujourd'hui, le rôle traditionnel d'accomplir les tâches domestiques. Des textes d'écrivaines (Levertov, Rich et Woolfe) appuient le propos de l'auteure.

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