Aki Kuroda

Vogue 2019

Marguerite Duras (1914-1996)

By Aki Kuroda (Kyoto, 1944)

Acrylic and collage

"When I exhibited Les Ténèbres at the Maeght Gallery in 1980, I wanted her to write the catalog. She came and asked for the light to be turned off. Her first question was, "What's the difference between black and darkness?""

Awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1984 for L'Amant, Marguerite Duras shakes up the literary conventions of her time. Associated with the Nouveau Roman movement, recurring themes in her work emerged very early on: waiting, love, alcohol, writing, madness and female sexuality.