For her solo exhibition at that’s what x said, Juliette Mancini will present original artworks from her latest graphic novel, Éveils.
Éveils is a journey through time, a dive into the inner questioning of a young girl, going from childhood to adulthood. Through several stories, Juliette Mancini tells the story of her life to encourage us to question our own narratives, our views of the world, and the way we understand it throughout our existence.
Through her own reality, Juliette Mancini highlights society’s impact on our individual developments. The artist approaches a number of subjects that impact most women throughout their lives. She questions the evolution of one’s relationship to the body, especially during puberty. She looks at the first moments when women are faced with the sexualisation of their own bodies by the outside world, as well as at the search for others’ validation, and finally she looks at heteronormative norms and the male gaze. Juliette Mancini questions this set of imposed rules that are part of a system that pushes people who do not fit the norms to feel like outsiders.
Throughout the graphic novel, readers are invited to dive deep into their own childhood and rediscover their own experiences through the memories of the author. In some ways, Éveils is a tool to rethink childhood, offering a new analysis to better understand the world and ourselves.
Juliette Mancini, creates her original artworks in an unconventional way, giving as much importance to the texts as to the images, resulting in soft and nostalgic visual poetry aesthetics throughout the graphic novel. All together, it creates a visually beautiful story, that is also a complex retrospective on the construction of our individualities.