La bibliothèque performée

The performing library opens Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz's new axis of research and creation on the representation of women in literature and fine arts.
The performing library focuses specifically on the images of reading women. 
Conducted with and for a group of detainees from the Penitentiary of Fresnes in partnership with the Mac/Val Museum, the project proposes a performative experience in the daily life of female prisoners.

Focused on creating self-portraits, both real and fictional, The performing library deals with the issue of (auto)-representation as well as with the process of observation. 
The sessions will be nourished by different materials and media provided both by the participants and the crew (Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz and Thibault Capéran who is in charge of cultural programming of the Mac/Val): fashion magazines, newspapers, novels, poetry books, movie scripts and Ikea manuals, art books, diaries, letters and many more ...

At the same time, physical practices, originating from contemporary dance, theatre and meditation will provide a gateway to physical sensations and experiences with the perceptions of space. The physical and vocal work will ultimately give the portraits a living form through staging and performances.


This workshop is limited to ten participants and will take place over ten sessions 

June 26  - July  7  2017

October 20 - November 5 2018

Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz, artist and performer

Thibault Capéran, responsible for cultural programming at the Mac/Val museum.

Marc Brouzeng-Lacoustille, lecturer


Musée Mac/Val de Vitry-sur-Seine 

Maison d'arrêt de Fresnes


image : ©Hotel Room, Edward Hopper

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