Event Icon L’Audace d’Annette – A Photography Exhibition by Lisa Barmby

03 Oct, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Australia/Melbourne Timezone

Alliance Française de Melbourne, 51 Grey St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia Arrow

The Alliance Française is delighted to announce its next exhibition

L’Audace d’Annette by Lisa Barmby

Lisa Barmby’s L’Audace d’Annette (The Audacity of Annette) presents 38 elaborately staged photographs and a six-metre collage that examine the audacious life and career of Annette Kellerman (1886 – 1975).

As an international celebrity at the turn of the 20th Century, Kellerman’s life as a marathon swimmer, fearless diver, vaudeville performer and silent movie superstar showed courage and innovation at every turn. When Annette, competed as the only female in the Paris Seine marathon, the crowd quickly fell in love with her, “Allez Miss!” they shouted. She was a proto feminist, using her physical prowess to enthral the world, provide for her family and fearlessly pursue her dream of a new life for women.

In this exhibition, Barmby, assisted by artist Tom Alberts, utilises multiple photographic scenes to restage and reimagine the ideas and image making of Annette Kellerman. L’Audace d’Annette traces the resonances and connections between artist and subject: the love of the sea, the theatre, costume design, the cinema, French culture, and vegetarianism amongst many others. It is a resonant restaging taking up themes of femininity, the body, nature, and social authority. Above all for Barmby, Annette Kellerman is an inspirational woman who symbolises courage, modern female sensibilities and friendship between Australia and France.


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When: November 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Alex Theatre, Level 1, 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

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