Françoise Janicot (Paris, FR 1929 – 2017).
Françoise Janicot’s first approach to art is through painting; a practice that she will abandon, when during the 1960s, she joins the feminist movement in France and choses photography as her main form of expression. Married to the sound poet Bernard Heidsieck, she will portrait many of the experimental poets and performers of the time from Julian Back to John Giorno, William S. Burroughs and Charlotte Moorman. At the beginning of the 1970s she realizes one of her most famous performances “Encoconnage”, that will become an important symbol of the French feminist movement. Inspired by the sound poems composed by her husband Bernard Heidsieck, she cocoons herself in thin rope, works herself free as a symbol of her isolated existence as a woman, mother and painter.