Autoportrait à ma Grand-Mère
ArtHouse Jersey presents an international premiere of this extraordinary theatre performance by French artist Patricia Allio.
Taking the form of a ‘lecture-performance’, Autoportrait à ma Grand-Mère is a letter written to Julienne Le Breton, Patricia’s grandmother originally from Morbihan in north-west Brittany.
An orphan who became an agricultural worker in the Breton countryside [and Jersey] in the second half of the 20th century, Patricia Allio starts from this ‘tiny life’ to rethink the peripheral status of Brittany on the French map, the relations of class and domination, vulnerability and queer identity. In this sound journey of two voices, between audio archives and a live narrative, the performed monologue takes the form of an open letter to an old woman, vibrant with emotions, politics and eroticism. Here is not the pain and the loss that underlies an autobiographical tribute, but the joy of remembering, of continuing a dialogue, to hear ‘our dead, quite simply’ – Mathilde Walker Billaud.
Performed in French and English with English surtitles. Running time: 85 mins.