A French baroque creature meets an American comtessa, sparks fly and after mopping up rainstorms in Ibiza that were not supposed to happen in mid-October, they share an artistic residency in a castle in Burgundy in its coldest hour, wake up to put wood on the fire and spend the rest of the night reciting the litany of aggressions they have felt as women, and the stories that others have shared with them. Instead of complaining militantly, or crying in their pillows, (already done) they decide to transcend the stories and impart their knowledge and experience through their art, with confidence and hutzpah, to the game of living in this world. Individually their pieces show the trajectory from female to human being, now together, and based in London, they have exponentially turned up the heat.
Lara Buffard & Catharine Cary created Instant(S) Female to address poetically and symbolically the roles of women in our society, and open up avenues for liberation and escape. Each of us succeeded in running fast in the modern normative world of business and culture before becoming full time artists, so we bring a unique perspective to the deeply imbedded cultural expectations of women today. Like a blouse too tight to even get off.
Their first collaboration, a short experimental film called Eat Your Heart, is an absurd and joyous romp through stereotypes and offers an exit from the boxes we put ourselves in. Eat Your Heart, produced by the Chateau of Monthelon (FR), has already been chosen for 3 festivals in its short life.
- Deep Trash/Royal Trash London 2017
- Switzerland International Film Festival 2017
- The Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival Of World Cinema 2018
Instant(S) Female has three other projects in gestation, yes, –Culbuto, My Little Wife and Firefly, all new takes on how women take the knocks and keep on getting up or out or on.
« The life of an interior woman is the most overwhelming condition of the condition of women » Simone De Beauvoir ” The second sex ” 1949
Freedom, rebellion, never too much, poetic, instantaneous, silly and serious
Before moving to London 4 years ago to work as a performance artist and contemporary event producer, Lara Buffard born in Paris (1973) was responsible for community programming for Mudac (Museum of Contemporary Design & Applied Arts) in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has performed at the Tate Modern for Boris Charmatz and for Jelili Atiku at the Venice Biennale.
Before moving to London 4 months ago to undertake a PhD at the Royal College of Art in performance and improvisational movement, Catharine Cary born in New-York (1961) lived in France, where she painted and performed and tagged walls and windows. In her previous incarnations, she ran big complicated urban projects in New York City, sold steam boilers and steam irons across three continents and and wrote successful development aid projects for Tunisia. Her paintings have been shown in the offs of the FIAC, Art Chicago, Art Basel Miami and the Venice Biennale. Her performances and tags graces the papers, windows and walls of Courrèges, the Musée d’Orsay and the H.
Lara Buffard & Catharine Cary created Instant(S) Female in 2017 to address poetically and symbolically the roles of women in our society, and open up avenues for liberation and escape. Each of us succeeded in running big complicated projects before becoming full time artists, so bring a unique perspective to the deeply imbedded cultural expectations of women today. Like a blouse too tight to even get off.
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