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manifesto of fragility: The Many Lives and Deaths of Louise Brunet

16th Biennale de Lyon - Exhibition
Exhibition The Many Lives and Deaths of Louise Brunet
Design Studio Safar

Conceived as a focused exploration of the fragility of one individual, The many lives and deaths of Louise Brunet starts with a search for a young silk weaver and revolutionary who went by the name of Louise Brunet and lived in Lyon in the early decades of the 19th century. It quickly turns into a fictional retelling of the story of several individuals, whose struggles like those of Brunet, have been undermined and forgotten. 

Blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, with an approach that is akin to that of an investigator, this part of manifesto of fragility is imagined more like an artistic installation, rather than a curated exhibition. A wide plethora of artworks and archives, spanning two millenia, come together as parts of an unfinished puzzle. Though originating from disparate times and places, they each embody in tangible form, the existence of a person seeking to liberate themselves from the circumstances into which they were born. Alongside the works on display are several short stories that have been conceived as a literary extension of the exhibition’s fictional narrative. They serve as clues from a larger body of evidence through which traces of several Louise Brunets begin to appear. From a black Senegalese woman fleeing the colonial exhibition of Lyon in 1894, to a gay artist dying of Aids at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York in 1992, the turbulent lives of these people hover between reality and imagination. They serve as gateways into distinct forms of fragility and resistance as experienced through the lens of the body, race, gender, labor, desire, or colonial struggle. The many lives and deaths of Louise Brunet begin to emerge.

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1 ticket = 6 exhibition's venues

The entry ticket gives one-time access to all the exhibition venues included in the Biennale de Lyon. It is valid for the duration of the exhibition, from Sept. 14 to Dec. 31. 2022.



Full: 20€ on site, 18€ online
Concessions: 12€ on site, 10€ online
Free for under 15. See details of reductions and free admission here. Possibility to take a permanent pass.

On site, the ticket office closes one hour before the closing of the exhibitions.

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In macLYON :
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 6pm 
Saturday - Sunday:  11am - 7pm
Close at 5pm on 24th & 31st December
Closed on 25 December


In Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon
3d floor


Texts Louise Brunet - bac 22

Texts of the exhibition

Date created: 09/14/2022

Changed date: 09/14/2022

215 Ko