In the fall of 2010, Jessica Warboys discovered photographic portraits of surrealist dancer Helene Vanel in the dis used Bibliotheque Smith Lesouef, in the Parisian suburb of Nogent sur Marne. Among these photographs were images of Vanel performing LActe manque at the opening night of the Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme, Paris, 1938. Soon after, an unpublished manuscript by Vanel came to light in the adjoining archives of the Maison nationale des artistes, a retirement home for elderly artists. Vanelephant contains an overview of ten chapters of Vanel s memoirs, written between 1984 and 1985, alongside self portraits and a selection of attributed images and text. Warboys translated the texts herself and condensed the drama, and thus Vanel s role has shifted from manuscript to script. Texts by Curzio Malaparte and Andr Parinaud, Hlne Vanel and Jessica Warboys.