No. 9, Exposition

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No. 9, Exposition

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Translated by Amanda DeMarco

First English edition published 5 December 2019

Everything can be exhibited: trinkets from the Second French Empire, a collection of photographs, a boudoir from beyond the grave, a heroine famous for her beauty, her extravagance and her pitiful end.

 Everything can be exposed: a woman for another woman... , the fear of one’s own body, a way of entering a scene, the thrill of seduction, abandonment, the reassurance of objects, a ruin.

Over the course of four decades, the Countess Virginia Oldoïni Castiglione went to be photographed in the same studio in Paris, posing in different tableaux to mark the moments of her life, real and imagined. Mysterious and over-exposed, adored and despised in equal measures, Castiglione was a flamboyant aristocrat, mistress of Napoleon III and a rumoured spy. Examining the myths around icons past and present, Léger meditates on the half-truths of portrait photography and reframes her own family history.

160 pages, paperback, isbn 978-1-9993318-3-2

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