This project afforded the opportunity to discover the dark, hidden side of Versailles, thanks to its vast and remarkable system of waterworks – an astonishing engineering feat of hard graft at the service of the sublime. A world within a world.
The actresses represent the ideal of womanhood defended by Olympe de Gouges in 1791; women who have taken a stance in life thanks to their work, their vision, their resilience. We imagined their voices as shadow voices wandering through this vast underground labyrinth. Voices that would have lived down there, hidden away. Voices that demanded to be heard. Soundwalk Collective dreamed up a sonic conversation with Nan Goldin’s photographs as a way of giving voice to these female shadows in the underground passages of history. With Isabelle Adjani, Elodie Bouchez, Laetitia Casta, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nan Goldin, Isabelle Huppert, Isild Le Besco, Anna Mouglalis, Charlotte Rampling.
"An urgency that harbours an incorruptible truth, like that of the women who marched on Versailles for the world to recognise their existence."
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