The work of Annette Messager persistently questions notions of identity, especially that of women in society and in art.
She makes use of traditionally ‘female’ activities like knitting and needlework, combining them with photography, drawing and painting to create images which typically consist of several parts or pieces. For Messager, these fragments reflect the diversity of demands which disjoint a woman’s life.
These poetic and haunting creations have brought a Europe-wide renown for Messager, but this was her first comprehensive show in London. The exhibition bought together work spanning ten years and includes works which the artist had selected specifically for the Centre.