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September 13

Paris Orbital — The life and death of Zoë Lund with Stephanie LaCava

As part of Paris Orbital, a public programme created by the Bourse de Commerce to revisit the mythologies of Paris through the lens of pulp culture, curators Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou have invited American writer Stephanie LaCava to present the tragic, captivating life of the artist, poet, and muse Zoë Lund. Known for her work in front of and behind the camera in Abel Ferrara’s films Ms.45  (1981) and Bad Lieutenant (1992), Zoë Lund spent her life between New York’s downtown punk scene and the cinephile Paris of the 1990s. Between her anarchism, socially committed cinema, feminism, punk, and drug use , she has come to embody a period of experimentation and dark romanticism. On this occasion, Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou will discuss her various works and also present Stephanie LaCava’s new book, I Fear My Pain Interests You. A Novel (Verso Books, 2022), in which characters bear some similarities to our antihero Zoë Lund.

Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou 

Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou are independent curators who live and work in Paris. They have curated the first edition of the “Paris+ par Art Basel” Conversations, scheduled for October 2022. Their current and upcoming projects include the exhibition Das Gold Der Liebe à Shore Gallery [“Gold and love at Shore Gallery”] (Vienna), a publication on gay cruising at HEAD (Geneva), Spector Books (Leipzig), and the archive Arles Terminal City, at the Fondation LUMA (Arles). They are preparing an exhibition on the life of Zoë Lund for 2023.

Stephanie LaCava

Stephanie LaCava is a writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, the New York Review of Books, and Interview. Her first novel, The Superrationals, was published by Semiotext(e) in 2020.

Exceptional archives of Zoë Lund will be presented at the conference. The lecture will be followed by a book sale of I Fear My Pain Interests You. A Novel (Verso Books, 2022) by Stephanie LaCava. The conference is in English, with a simultaneous French translation.