Persona/Anima


Memphis College of Art Announces Annette Fournet Persona/Anima in Alumni Gallery
MEMPHIS, Tenn. ­– Memphis College of Art will present Annette Fournet’s Persona/Anima, Oct. 13–Nov. 7 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, 6–8 p.m.
Fournet lives and teaches photography in Memphis and in Prague, Czech Republic. She has exhibited her work at galleries and museums in France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States. Her work is included in public and corporate collections such as the Bibliotheque Nationale, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Prague House of Photography and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
“This series is based on the expression of the persona (the external projection of self) and the anima (inner soul),” says Fournet. “The portraits were influenced in part by Symbolist paintings. Unfortunately, many of these artists painted from a misogynistic fear of the equality of women with men and of women’s sexuality. The elements of the Symbolist work that I find of interest were their reaction against the mundane, the banal and the bourgeoisie normalcy of the 19thcentury. I am interested in expressing the exotic, the spiritual and esoteric qualities of women.”
Gallery hours for the Persona/Anima exhibition are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. For additional information, visit mca.edu.

Photo: Annette Fournet: Persona Anima 1, photo, 40” x 30”, 2013

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