• This Saturday, the immersive exhibition

    24 hours in the life of a woman

    is presented for the first time in France in Bordeaux, by the company Ars Anima.

  • It immerses visitors in the lives of six committed women from all over the world, through scenographic spaces, animated by actors.

  • We discover, for example, the life of Shayda, who grew up in Iranian Kurdistan and who defied several taboos to assert her freedom.

“Six muses”, in the words of Cécile Delalande, the artistic director of Ars Anima, the company which is launching its immersive exhibition

24 hours in the life of a woman

this Saturday at Cap Sciences, on the quays of Bordeaux.

Visitors can put themselves in the shoes of one of the six women whose exhibition retraces the paths, from her childhood to the modern era, stopping at the milestones of her life.

For about an hour, his story is told by actors through four staged spaces.

In a dimly lit room, high school students discover the beginning of the story of Shayda, third of a family of eight children, born in Iranian Kurdistan.

The actors address the visitors as if they were Shayda and narrate her private life, immediately creating a close bond with her.

Her father would have preferred to have a boy and, if she grows up surrounded by love, she quickly understands that she does not have the same rights as her brothers.

She is forbidden to go out alone and cannot devote herself to her passion, drawing, because “only God creates”.

His escape which will end in a family council, his artistic aspirations and his moments of despair are transcribed "with fidelity", assures Shayda Hessami, who discovered the course with emotion on Friday, on the occasion of the inauguration of the exposure. 

"It's not just my story"

Put in contact through Unicef, Shayda Hessami and Cécile Delalande meet in Paris.

If the Iranian had already been asked for projects around her life, she was convinced that it had to be her who tells.

And at the same time, it was complicated for her to take charge of this project on her own and the Ars Anima exhibition-show offered her an in-between.

"With this project, I felt that I could be me, it's true that there are actors but it's me who tells the story," she says, referring to writing from a distance. , health crisis obliges. 

“It's not that my story is that of several women, continues Shayda Hessami.

It is an opportunity to carry the voice of women, not only Iranian or Kurdish, but of all those who live under compulsory laws and who are not free to express themselves, as in Yemen for example.

In 2021, she created the “Voices of Women Without Borders” network (see box) to help activists around the world.

Five other careers of women from Guinea, Guatemala, Nigeria, India and France are to be discovered.

The exhibition is visible until November 6, in Bordeaux.


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“Voices of women without borders”

The “Voix des femmes sans frontières” network now brings together thirty women, journalists and activists forced into exile, from twelve different countries.

It offers them a secure space to carry the voice of their populations and work on their rights.

The network develops awareness-raising actions (webinars, conferences and soon a podcast channel, in France).

Helped by the House of Journalists in France and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the network is looking for financial support to continue its actions.

  • Culture

  • Iran

  • Feminism

  • Exposure

  • Bordeaux

  • Gironde

  • Aquitaine

  • Women