In the early 70’s, feminist artist Eleanor Antin creates three characters that she will call her personae or her selves. She assumes different roles such as a king, a nurse or a ballerina. Among the multiple occupancies of the figure of the ballerina, the artist will embody the character of Eleanora Antinova, first and only Afro-American ballerina from the Russian Ballets. With this character, Eleanor Antin revisits the clichés linked to this figure of romantic and avant-garde ballets as much as the ones engendered by Modern Art. Observing with caution the series of photographs and texts that form the work Recollections of My Life with Diaghilev will allow to immerse oneself into the different fictional and critical strategies or operations that offers Antin’s work, may they be linked to the text, to the fixed and in motion images or to the performance.
Based in Brussels, Camille Pageard holds a PHD in History and Critic of Arts at University Rennes 2 – Haute Bretagne. Teacher at Erg (Brussels), his work associates research on Art History and Contemporary Poetry History. He has published different texts in magazines as well as in collective publications. He was one of the editors of 2.0.1 magazine and co-edited Louie Louie’s edition with François Aubart. He’s now a member of <0> future <0>. He was recently co-editor of the Liverpool Biennale’s catalogue with Mai Abu El Dahab and Anthony Huberman.