Margareta von Oswald (Ed.)
In the fall of 2010, Jessica Warboys discovered photographic portraits of surrealist dancer Hélène Vanel in the dis-used Bibliothèque Smith-Lesouëf, in the Parisian suburb of Nogent-sur-Marne. Among these photographs were images of Vanel performing L’Acte manqué at the opening night of the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, Paris, 1938. Soon after, an unpublished manuscript by Vanel came to light in the adjoining archives of the Maison nationale des artistes, a retirement home for elderly artists. Vanelephant contains an overview of ten chapters of Vanel’s memoirs, written between 1984 and 1985, alongside self- portraits and a selection of attributed images and text. Warboys translated the texts herself and condensed the drama, and thus Vanel’s role has shifted from manuscript to script. Texts by Curzio Malaparte and André Parinaud, Hélène Vanel and Jessica Warboys.
Softcover w/ postcard / 8 1/3 x 10 1/2 inches
104 pp / 7 b&w, 15 color
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