Shaped by the emergence of second-wave feminism, Miriam Cahn’s artistic practice confronts the body in its materiality and brings us face to face with current socio-political concerns. At once haunting and ambiguous, Cahn’s work explores different aspects of our bodily reality – abjection, vulnerability, ugliness – and encourages us to confront events that we are so often willing to ignore. To do so, she draws upon a range of contemporary images that picture our humanity and develops reflections on systems of violence, power, nuclear power, feminism and sexuality.
The publication Miriam Cahn, Ma pensée sérielle[My Serial Thought], which is richly illustrated, accompanies the first major exhibition of this Swiss artist in France. It features a collection of texts which, rather than seeking to analyse or explain her work, allow the artist herself to speak or enable others to respond to her work. With texts by Marta Dziewańska and Emma Lavigne, co-curators of the exhibition, Amin Alsaden, Paul B. Preciado, Iryna Tsilyk, two interviews by Miriam Cahn with Patricia Falguières, Elisabeth Lebovici and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and with Clara Schulmann, and a selection of recent writing by the artist.