EHESS – Reading the State. Medieval Venice and its territories: representations, cartographies, literatures.

Workshop at the EHESS – École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales / Centre de Recherches Historiques – Paris
Organisé par Christophe Austruy (EHESS-CNRS, Centre de Recherches Historiques)
Giovanna Corazza (Università Ca’ Foscari – Venezia / University of Notre Dame, MSCA Fellow)

Maurice Aymard (EHESS/MSH) : Introduction
Jean-Charles Ducène : Venise chez les géographes arabes
Nathalie Bouloux : «Il primato di Venezia» dans les études géographiques aux XIVe et XVe siècles
Christophe Austruy
L’Arsenale Vecchio, l’Arsenale Novo e la Tana nella pianta di Fra’ Paolino.
Ipotesi sull’Arsenale di Venezia all’inizio del XIV secolo

Anna Pegoretti
A nord di Venezia: Dante cartografo e le Alpi centro-orientali

Theodore J. Cachey Jr.
Il cosmo di Dante: automappature ed esilio

The history of women’s work in Venice

As this is the week of the fight against discrimination, I would like to share with you two pages of notes I collected yesterday on my notebook during a lecture at THE EHESS: École des hautes études en sciences sociales In Paris, on the history of women’s work in Venice given by Professor Paola Lanaro of the University of Cà Foscari, Venice. In particular, I point out that dwelling on images by drawing in a simple and spontaneous way while listening to a speaker at the same time can help us discover meanings we might not have noticed otherwise.
I also invite us to experiment with various calligraphies in note-taking by giving more or less emphasis to words that we find more or less important.

Fragonard at the Musée du Luxembourg

Pen on watercolour paper (perforated on top)
20 x 30 cm
November 2015

I made this drawing on invitation at the Musée du Luxembourg, in Paris, during the exhibition dedicated to Jean-Honoré Fragonard.
A few days after the November 2015 attacks, in a militarised and frightened Paris, I sought an evening of peace in the drawing. Given my state of mind, my drawing was reduced to a single panel, where I represented the works, their sensuality in a context so contrasted with the situation I was in. I wanted to represent in the work also to the other artists present, considering our work, like the works we study, an act of resistance against barbarism and obscurantism.

The ballad of Sexual Dependency

On the occasion of the release of Nan Goldin’s film All the beauty and the bloodshed, I offer these drawings made during the screening at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2015, with music by the Tiger Lillies.

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, made between 1979 and 1986, is one of Nan Goldin’s earliest photographic series, but remains today, and rightly so, the best known of all her works. The slide show projected on a large screen is accompanied by the Tiger Lillies. A London musical trio, they are dark, provocative and blasphemous, grimacing with their Brechtian inspiration which fits perfectly with the images. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a masterpiece, an authentic chronicle of modern times.


Nan Goldin, fotography

The Tiger Lillies
Martyn Jacques, Adrian Stout, Jonas Golland

* Source: Philharmonie de Paris