Annette Messager belongs to a generation of artists who, since the 1970s, has renewed the artistic language. Without declarative position, she affirms her dual identity as a woman and an artist.
Cultivating ambiguity, she creates characters: the “Collector”, the “Truqueuse”, the “Lover”, the “Practical Woman”, whose imaginary lives are an opportunity to thwart prejudices and expose -dits. From the 1980s, the integration of body fragments through photography, the use of stuffed toys and puppets, the insertion of these into mechanized universes concentrate the emotional and symbolic charge of works that now appear as the derisory, grotesque or dramatic reflections of the theater of life. In 2005, Annette Messager received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale where she represented France.