Director: Catherine Breillat
Cast: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi
France, 77’, 2004, color
French with Turkish subtitles
A woman attempts suicide in a gay bar; a man saves her at the last moment. When he asks her why she tried to commit suicide she says: “Because I am a woman.” An agreement with the man for “watching and recounting her” in exchange for money and four nights spent in a house built just beside a steep cliff… Anatomy of Hell, where Breillat focuses on a woman’s desires with her sharp and genuine point of view, takes start.
Advisory warning: Suitable for adult audiences only. Contains scenes of nudity and violence which some audiences may find disturbing.
Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.
Men were the first nudes in Turkish painting. The majority of these paintings were academic studies executed in oil paint; they were part of the education of artists that had finally attained the opportunity to work from the live model. The gender of the models constituted an obstacle in the way of characterizing these paintings as ‘nudes’.
Each memory tells an intimate story; each collection presents us with the reality of containing an intimate story as well. The collection is akin to a whole in which many memories and stories of the artist, the viewer, and the collector are brought together. At the heart of a collection is memory, nurtured from the past and projecting into the future.
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