The unveiling of Freddy Tsimba’s Porteuse de Vies

The unveiling of Freddy Tsimba’s Porteuse de Vies by the Manège de Chaillot member companies on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (6 December 2018 at noon)


On 6 December 2018 the eight members of the Manège de Chaillot – including TILDER – unveiled Congolese artist Freddy Tsimba’s monumental statue Porteuse de Vies to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was signed at the Palais de Chaillot in 1948.

This colossal female figure is the first new work to be added to the Palais de Chaillot collections since the Palais’ construction was completed in 1939. This work, which will greet each visitor entering the Palais de Chaillot, has a unique symbolic significance. It embodies the mobilisation of all women and thus all civil societies for the promotion of human rights throughout the world. It is a tremendous cry of hope that testifies to the need to defend the universality of the UN Declaration of Rights on a daily basis. The artist has skilfully transformed the material traces of war – cartridges and machetes recovered from battlefields – into female silhouettes that are the bearers of hope and vitality.

Artists are often the first to speak out, make their voices heard and take a public stance in zones where women and men are threatened by violence for exercising their freedom of expression, whether this be freedom of thought, creativity, or beliefs. This is why it is so important to the Manège de Chaillot member companies to support the deep connection between artistic creation and the defence of universal respect for human dignity. The power of evocation, freedom of expression and the ability to stand up in public and inspire debate make art a vector of freedom and emancipation as well as a weapon against oppression.

Le Manège de Chaillot was established by Matthias Leridon in April 2013, and is the first endowment fund for a national theatre in France. Bringing together eight corporate patrons (Alvarez & Marsal, Amundi, Ayming, Dentsu Aegis Network, Groupama, Orange, SNCF Réseau and TILDER), Le Manège de Chaillot was awarded the title of “Grand Mécène de la Culture” (Major Cultural Sponsor) in 2016 for its outstanding contribution to the cultural influence of France. This exceptional partnership is based on an unprecedented ethos of dialogue between the cultural world and the economic world.

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