Arlène Berceliot Courtin

May - July 2022

Arlène Berceliot Courtin

Olivier Douard

  • Visual Arts
  • Cities
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
Through the research project ‘Performer: A Persona’ I would like further my research on Yvonne Rainer’s interpretation and appropriation of French writings but in regard to feminist studies taking Monique Wittig and her literary works as a central basis.

My field of research and experiments lies at the intersection of visual and feminist studies. It centers on the history of forms of feminism in France and US imports of them under the “French Feminism” label. I am involved in cooperatives of independent researchers and focus on militant, autonomous research. I also explore language traits and forms of affect in art and try to thereby deconstruct the position of objectivity inherent to research. To do so, I adopt a cross-disciplinary approach to exhibitions that brings together references from literature, cinema, performing arts, and visual arts. For several years, I have worked with curators Karin Schlageter and Francesca Zappia on the SIX YEARS online research platform. This creative, cognitive, informative project honors Lucy R. Lippard’s seminal work and pursues its explorations of use of dematerialization and digital technology in curatorial reflections. 


Arlène Berceliot-Courtin is a curator, researcher, and independent writer involved in the IKT, CEA, AICA and ACD professional networks. In 2018, after spending ten years at the head of world-famous contemporary art galleries, she co-founded the curator-run space furiosa, a project devoted to research on art and curating. In 2019, she received a grant from the French Institute “Sur mesure” program, and conducted an initial study in the US on the interrelationship between nouveau roman objectivity and postmodern dance. Since 2011, she has been working with cultural sites and institutes, including the Centre national de la Danse, the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Air de Paris, Galerie des Galeries, Artorama, the Bureau des arts plastiques, Gallery Weekend Berlin, and Manifesta in Marseille. 



In partnership with

Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap)

The Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) is a public institution under the French Ministry of Culture. It manages over 105,000 works from France’s national contemporary art collection, the Fonds national d’art contemporain. It aims to support and promote artistic creation in France, and assists artists and art professionals with their projects.


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