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: March 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

𝐀 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐓𝐨 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭 & 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬. 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬, 𝐩𝐨𝐞𝐭𝐬, 𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝. 𝐖𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 …

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