Françoise Janicot (b. 1929, Paris) studied as an abstract painter before taking up photography, photographing her contemporaries of
the 1960s: Julien Beck, Julien Blaine, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Jacqueline Cahen, François Dufrêne, John Giorno, Charlotte Moorman, Esther Ferrer, Christian Prigent and Jean-Jacques Lebel.
In her early works from the 60s she produced drawings and paintings and experimented with photography. Between 1971 and 1972 she began to make performances, most famously Encoconnage , where she wrapped herself from head to toe with string. The performance exists in several versions, each documented via photography.
Later she made videos and films about performance, sound art, and sound poems.