Artists Remake the World

Authors

Resolutely international, Switch (on Paper) stands up for giving voice to authors who have been little published elsewhere, from the world of research, social and human sciences, art criticism and artists. Little by little, a real professional network is being set up in dialogue with itself, whose purpose is to contribute to the very aim of the magazine: explore the world through the prism of today’s art.

Agata Adamiecka-Sitek is an academic, researcher in Theatre Studies, theatre critic and editor at the Zbigniew Raszewski National Theatre Centre in Warsaw. She is also the editor of the magazine Polish Theater Journal. She is the author of many articles and books on the theatre. She is interested in gender, physicality and the political aspect of the art.

Vanina Andréani worked in the Frac Paca from 2000 until 2007, where she especially developed a radio program designed in close collaboration with the artists invited. Based on interviews in the artist’s studio, this program named Radiogramme (broadcast on Radio Grenouille) led to a specific creation of a sound design for each artist by musician Cyril Secq. From 2007, she has been working in the Frac Pays de la Loire, located close to Nantes, and in the way of spreading the collection, she cur... [ read more ]

Vangelis Athanassopoulos is a theorist, art critic and independent curator. He holds a doctorate in aesthetics from Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and has taught art history, art philosophy, and photography and film theory in various universities. A founding member of the journal Proteus, Cahiers des théories de l’art (http://www.revue-proteus.com/), he co-directed issues #3 (Art and Public Space), #5 (Pornographies: From Animal to Machine) and #10 (Curating as a Form of Research). He... [ read more ]

Joan Ayrton (1969 – Switzerland), of British nationality, is a painter, photographer and lately a filmmaker working on the borders between the visible and invisible. For several years, she has focused specifically on the world of minerals and geology as a way of understanding contemporary physical and political disturbances. In 2012, she received a grant from the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) to develop her research in Iceland.
In 2014, she curated the exhibition Glissements de te... [ read more ]

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Pierre Bal-Blanc is an independent curator and essayist based in Paris and Athens. He was curator for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel. His last project “Der Canaletto Blick- The Canaletto View” in 2017 was a commission program for the Erste Group Bank AG at Erste Campus in Vienna Austria (cat Walther König 2019 to come). “Project Phalanstère,” is his last book published by Sternberg Press in 2017 following the directorship of CAC Brétigny, an art center in the Outskirts of Paris for... [ read more ]

Eva Barto graduated from the University of Paris 1 in Film Theory and then from the Beaux-Arts de Paris. She then participated in the International Post-Diploma programme at the ENSBA (Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts) in Lyon in 2014. Her work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, at the gallery gb agency (Paris, 2016) as well as at the Villa Arson Art Centre (Nice 2016) and soon at the Kunstverein Nuremberg and the KunstlerHaus in Stuttgart (2020). Her work has also been presented ... [ read more ]

Julien Bécourt is a writer and an art critic. He has written for Chronic’art, Vice, artpress, Audimat, Images de la Culture, RBMA, and collaborates on a regular basis with Mouvement, Grazia and Trois Couleurs. His main focus is on avant-garde and sub-cultural movements, and the way they impact society and popular culture. His writing is mainly concentrated on contemporary art, music and cinema. He also directs the label Op Oloop as wall as the festival of the same name, and hosts the monthly ... [ read more ]

Born on 21 May 1967, Bruce Bégout is a French philosopher and writer. He is a university professor and lecturer at Bordeaux III. He is the author of a number of published philosophical texts, four essays published by Allia (Zéropolis. L’expérience de Las Vegas, 2002; Lieu commun. Le motel américain, 2003; La Découverte du quotidien. Éléments pour une phénoménologie du monde de la vie, 2005; De la décence ordinaire, 2008), and a ‘fictional documentary’ in the style of some of the ... [ read more ]

Fine artist, screenwriter and director Pierre Bismuth lives and works in Brussels. His practice, characterized by an open reflection on the status of the artwork, analyzes the representation of and critical response to production by way of gestures and interventions that play on displacement, diversion and appropriation; leading to the idea that by simply manipulating the commonly held definition of things, we can change how they are perceived. Private/public sphere, art history, language, image,... [ read more ]

Nathalie Blanc is a graphic artist, editor-in-chief, CNRS researcher on environmental issues and poet-and geographer, all in one. Mémoires climatiques, a compendium prepared on the basis of a participative experiment on the banks of the Seine in Paris, led to a performance at the digital arts and modern music centre La Gaîté-Lyrique, in the context of ArtCop21, in July 2015. She contributed to issues 12 and 18 of Espace(s).

Adrien Blouët was born in 1992. During his art studies, he discovers anthropology and decides to start writing. He publishes narratives mixing wandering and pilgrimages, questionning what makes or prevents our feeling of belonging to places, as future of nomadism, travels and their writing on times of mass tourism and great migrations. These texts are readable on www.mananava.land. He’s now living in Shanghai, where he works in the context of the research program Creation and globalization of... [ read more ]

Virginie Bobin works at the crossroads of research, curatorial and editorial practices, pedagogy and translation. In 2018, she started a practice-based research around the political and affectives takes of translation, in the frame of the PhD-in-practice program in Artistic Research at the Akademie der bildenden Künste (Vienna). In parallel, she co-founded with Victorine Grataloup the non-profit organization QALQALAHةلقلق, a platform for artistic exchanges, research and translations. She a... [ read more ]

Amalina Bomnin Hernández is a writer, curator, and founding professor of the University of the Arts in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she teaches in the Transversal Department of Critical Theories and Experimental Practices.

Patricia Brignone is a critic and Doctor in art history, with a keen interest in stage practices at the crossroads of various disciplines. She has collaborated in numerous media (artpress, Mouvement, Critique d’art, France-Culture) and has written several books: Ménagerie de Verre, Nouvelles pratiques du corps scénique (pub. Al Dante, 2006); Du dire au faire (published by Musée du MAC/VAL de Vitry-sur-Seine, 2012), as well as a number of catalogue texts: Ne pas jouer avec des choses mortes (... [ read more ]

Estelle Brousse studies contemporary female engaged art practices in post-colonial contexts. Holder of a Master’s Degree in Art History Research – Art and Globalization at the University of Lyon II. In the spring of 2018, she travelled to South Africa to meet with artists and curators while conducting research at the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Johannesburg (GALA). In 2019, she completed her dissertation entitled “Female engagements: South African artists challenge western art history” d... [ read more ]

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Marie Canet is a French art critic and film curator. She hascollaborated with institutions such as the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire dujudaïsme or the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Credac (Ivry), the Frac Aquitaine(Bordeaux), Flat Time House or the Tate Modern (London). Her last publishedbook is Juntos en la Sierra, Speech Act, identités et globalisation (ShelterPress, 2018). She is currently working on a monograph on the work of Marc Camille Chaimowicz. She teaches aesthetics at École des B... [ read more ]

Max Cegielski (b. 1975), is a writer and journalist, co-curator of the project Polish-Indian shop (Warsaw, Bombay 2017), Global Prosperity (Gdańsk 2010), curator of Migrating University of Mickiewicz (Istanbul 2014). Author of seven books, including Mozaika. Śladami Rechowiczów. For the book on Istanbul entitled Oko świata he received the Beata Pawlak Award in 2009. His last book is Wielki Gracz. Ze Żmudzi na Dach Świata. As the co-host of the TVP Kultura show Hala Odlotów he received “... [ read more ]

Alexis Cicciù (b.1984 in Varese, Italy) lives and works in Menton, France. He studied at Pavillon Bosio, École supérieure d’arts plastiques de la Ville de Monaco and at Ecole Supérieure d’Art Annecy Alpes. Between shamanism and bestiary, his practice is showed as performative but he feels first of all a sculptor. Fascinated by nature and biology, he is passionate about taxonomy, a insects breeder and a collector. He briefly lived in Brussels where he met the Abilene gallery. Two performa... [ read more ]

Luc Clément acquired extensive experience in communication at major groups (Havas, Publicis) and independent structures before forming his own agency in Nice. An expert in brand name history, he possesses solid skills in the world of creation. In 2001, he founded ‘Le Dojo’, an experimental contemporary art space where he collaborated with numerous artists and musicians on in situ projects, throwing bridges and prompting interactions between the artistic sphere and private business. These co... [ read more ]

Anna Colin is a curator, educator and researcher. She co-founded and co-directs Open School East in Margate (UK), a local learning and cultural centre that is experimental and collaborative. Anna Colin also works as associate curator at Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and is a PhD candidate in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, where she is conducting research into so-called alternative learning and cultural spaces in the UK... [ read more ]

Sylvie Coëllier is professor emeritus in history of contemporary art at the University of Aix-Marseille. Member of the Laboratory of Studies in Arts Sciences, she directs the ARTS collection at Presses Universitaires de Provence. She is the author and co-director of several books, articles and catalogs on the crossover between artistic practices, themes involving sculpture, body, performance, and the theoretical aspects that accompany them. She published Lygia Clark (The Envelope). The End of M... [ read more ]

In 2012, Zoé Cosson joins the Reims Higher School of Art and Design where she develops a hybrid practice between experimental video, documentary and writing. Her works explore the ways of how the environment evolves on particular and circumscribed territories and facing that, the movements likely to shape them. After obtaining her DNSEP in 2018, her video Salle d’attente is exhibited at the FRAC Champagne-Ardennes. The same year, she joins the Creative writing Master of The Havre-Rouen Higher... [ read more ]

Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer, curator and broadcaster. He is Director of MOSTYN, Wales; Advisor to the British Council Visual Arts Acquisition Committee and the Art Institutions of the 21st Century Foundation. His curatorial endeavors include three national pavilions at the Venice Biennale (2015 and 2013), the biennial Sequences VII Reykjavik, Iceland (2015) and Manifesta 8, Region of Murcia and Cartagena, Spain (2010). He is the editor of the Critical Photography book series since 2009, and h... [ read more ]

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Sandra Delacourt is a contemporary art historian and associate researcher at HiCSA (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and a professor at ESAD TALM-Tours. Concerned with the phenomena of emergence operating in the field of art, her work looks at the process of artistic recognition, the political regime of the visible, as well as the construction of knowledge and historical narratives. Her publications include: L’artiste-chercheur, un rêve américain au prisme de Donald Judd (B42, 2019),... [ read more ]

Juliette Desorgues is an independent curator and writer based in France and the UK. Recent projects include, amongst others, the exhibitions ‘This future is unthinkable. Yet here we are, thinking it’, Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels, 2019; ‘Hypersea’, artmonte-carlo, 2018, and the exhibition and publication ‘Helen Johnson: Warm Ties’, Artspace, Sydney and ICA, London, 2018. She previously worked as Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and held curatorial p... [ read more ]

DISNOVATION.ORG [aka. disobedient innovation] is a collaborative group based in Paris. A shared platform for contemporary art, research and hacking, the group creates situations of interference, debate and speculation aimed at diverting the ideology behind innovation in a bid to spark alternative narratives via a series of investigations, works of art and subverted critical analysis. The group also publishes works such as The Pirate Book, designed as an anthology on pirating cultural content.
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Vincent Epplay is a french sound artist. Since the early nineties, he develops an unclassifiable artwork exploring the interaction between sound process and visual shapes. He starts to develop a peculiar and prospective approach to electronic music, focused on aleatory composition, learnings of musique concrete and a poetic/humorous reappropriation of vintage sound/film material. He has produced a dozen of records for various music labels: Blackest ever Black, Grautag record ,AKA, Planam alga marg... [ read more ]

Frédéric Ferrer is an author, actor, director and geographer. He creates shows feeding on field surveys and documentary sources which examine unexpected and offbeat regions. His two most recent pieces were Borderlines Investigation 1(2018) and Olympicorama (2019).

Marie Fouquet is a journalist at the Magazine littéraire and an independent critic. She has written articles for the magazines Mouvement, Reliefs, Trax, Chronic’art, Alternatives économiques, and more recently for En attendant Nadeau. At the crossroads of academic culture and counter-cultures, she co-hosted – with Laura Boullic, Anne Kawala, Élodie Petit… -, the monthly event “Poésie civile” (2016-2018) in the framework of DOC! the free university in Paris. She holds a Master 2 deg... [ read more ]

Maurice Fréchuret is an art historian and head heritage officer. Holds doctorates in sociology and art history. Curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne from 1986 to 1993, then at the Musée National Picasso in Antibes from 1993 to 2001. He was also the director of the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux from 2001 to 2006, and then curator at the National Museums of the 20th Century in Alpes-Maritimes (2006-2014). He has organized numerous exhibitions throughout his care... [ read more ]

Chloé Fricout (born in 1983, lives and works in Paris) is a researcher in contemporary art, namely at the crossroads of architecture and urban challenges. In Mexico and then in France, her projects are focused on dispositives (VICO, Videoclub de Operacion Expandida, Prince Claus Foundation Prize, 2011-2015); exhibitions (Foutez-moi la paix avec vos paysages, parlez-moi plutôt du sous sol, Anne-Charlotte Finel, solo show, Gal. Jousse Entreprise 2018; In this Vessel We Should Be Kept, Ayoung Kim... [ read more ]

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Emmanuelle Gall holds degrees in classical literature and art history and has taught in various contexts, from secondary school to university (Paris VIII-Saint-Denis). At the same time, she became a journalist and art critic, with a predilection for collective practices, in public spaces and venues that are not specifically dedicated to art. After having contributed to several Parisian publications (Nova mag, Le Monde diplomatique, Télérama…), she moved to Marseille, where she became the edi... [ read more ]

Born in 1972 in Gardanne, Jean Baptiste Ganne lives and works in Nice. (De)formed first at the Ecole Nationale de la Photographie in Arles then at the Villa Arson in Nice, he experiments with various ways of expression and does not hesitate to marry genres: writing, performance-readings, sound installations, photography, video. His activity as an artist articulated around the "representation of the political and the politics of representation" such as, for example, in the Illustrated Capital (a ph... [ read more ]

Raphaëlle Giangreco is an art critic and pharmacist. Since 2009, she has been conducting research into ‘disappearance as an artistic gesture’, whether it be covering up, destruction, theft, vandalism, or the pure and simple disappearance of the artist themself. Taking her historic inspiration from Robert Rauschenberg’s work ‘Erased De Kooning’, 1953, she investigates how disappearance accompanies, in a theoretical and formal manner, the creation of our time.

Hélène Giannecchini is writer and teacher in art schools (Ecole européenne supérieure de l’image de Poitiers-Angoulême et Beaux-arts de Marseille). She teaches history and theory of art.

Géraldine Gourbe is a philosopher, critic and art curator. She specializes in the Southern California art scene, the history of radical pedagogies and inclusive feminism. She has taught philosophy of art at ENSAD, the University of Metz, Sciences Po Paris, and the Beaux-arts of Marseille and Annecy. In 2018 she curated an exhibition at the Villa Arson in 2018 around the work of Judy Chicago and West Coast in the 1960s, entitled “Los Angeles, the cool years“. Since 2015, she has been working... [ read more ]

Agnieszka Graff is senior lecturer at the Centre of American Studies at the University of Warsaw, member of the Congress of Polish Women and co-founder of the feminist organisation “Porozumienie Kobiet 8 Marca.” Author of several books, essays and articles on women’s rights and gender in Polish public discourse, as well as many articles on feminist thought, she is currently working with the sociologist Elżbieta Korolczuk on a book on international activism against gender theory and the li... [ read more ]

After studying public policy at Sciences Po in Paris and literature at the University of Melbourne, Charlotte Groult is now editor for the Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris. She is dedicated in particular to the publication of books combining anthropology, photography and cinema, including Vivre avec les dieux. Sur le terrain de l’anthropologie visuelle, by Marc Augé, Jean-Paul Colleyn, Catherine De Clippel and Jean-Pierre Dozon. She also edits two academic journals in the humanities ... [ read more ]

Hélène Guenin was appointed director of Nice’s MAMAC in the spring of 2016. She was head of the Centre Pompidou-Metz’s programming division from 2008 to 2016 and assistant director of the 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine from 2002 to 2008. She supports a multi-disciplinary approach to programming with a focus on performance art and the performing arts. She has curated a number of exhibitions, namely retrospective shows for Tania Mouraud; Gustav Metzger; Liz Magor; À propos de Nice. 1947-19... [ read more ]

Alexandra Guillot’s work does not adhere to a particular medium, it transcends from medium to media across performance, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video, in an attempt of setting up each time a world built by fragile but tough impressions. An immersed universe resurfaces, bearing a strange atmosphere. There’s a mysterious language form to be heard here, an unknown grammar which oddly resonates to make sense. The margin, the night, the ghosts, the supernatural are some ... [ read more ]

Léo Guy-Denarcy is currently curator and critic. He has been associate curator with Sextant et plus at La Friche La Belle de Mai (Barnum, FOMO). He was coordinator of several monographic publications (Pierre Huyghe, exposition radicale, Semaine) et participate to various publications (Art 21, 02). He was in charge of 2008-2009 talks from Connaissance de l’art contemporain.

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Editor-in-chief of the review art press (1991-1999), member of the editorial board of the Revue Perpendiculaire (1995-1998), he is a professor at ENSBA Paris. Among other exhibitions: Topographies de la guerre, Le Bal, Paris, 2011; La Force de l’art, Grand Palais (with J.-L. Froment and D. Ottinger), 2009; L’Idiotie, Expérience Pommery # 2, Reims, 2005; Histoire de l’infamie, Biennale de Venise, 1995; Un art contemporain d’Afrique du Sud, La Défense, 1994. Among other publications : Ar... [ read more ]

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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige are movie directors and visual artists. Ranging from documentaries (Khiam, Le Film Perdu, The Lebanese Rocket Society) to fictions (A Perfect Day, Je Veux Voir), their films are adventures that place them in a singular category in the worlds of film and art. Their photographic installations, sculptures and videos, produced from personal and political documents, tell the tale of stories kept secret by mainstream History. Their works rely on both imaginary foun... [ read more ]

Christophe Kihm is a professor at HEAD-Geneva.

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Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux is an artist born in 1950. He was first known for his performances, before writing about them as a historian in his book L’Acte pour l’art (Editeurs Evidant, 1988; new edition, Al Dante, 2004). He has published ten books, including L’Art parodic’ (Java, 1996; new edition Zulma, 2003), Leçons de scandale (Yellow Now, 2000), Je suis bouleversé (Semiose, 2008), and Twist tropiques (Loevenbruck and Yellow Now, 2013). He has exhibited regularly at the Loevenbruck Gall... [ read more ]

Dr. Déborah Laks is Research advisor at the German Center for Art History, and associate researcher at Sciences Po’s History Center. She teaches at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Sciences po, and École du Louvre. She is the author of Des déchets pour mémoire. L’utilisation de matériaux de récupération par les nouveaux réalistes (1955–1975) (2017).

In 1970, at the age of 6, Emmelene Landon left Australia with her family on the Marco Polo across the Pacific from Sydney to Yokahama and then to Nahodka on a Russian ship. They traversed the Soviet Union on the Trans Siberian Railway, spending three years in England before living five years in New York, and settled in France in 1979. She studied painting under Leonardo Cremonini at the Paris School of Fine Arts, and took the Trans Siberian again in 1988 to write and paint in China. In 2001, she... [ read more ]

An art critic and exhibition curator, Sophie Lapalu is a graduate of the ‘Ecole du Louvre’ and ‘Ecole du Magasin’. She is currently finishing her doctorate at the Université Paris 8, where she now gives lectures after three years as an exhibition space coordinator at the ENSAPC, YGREC. She is a member of the editorial board of the magazine ‘Marges’, a correspondent for *DUUU radio, publishes regularly in ‘Quotidien de l’Art’ magazine and is the driving force behind various exh... [ read more ]

Nina Leger is writer and teacher in art schools (Ecole européenne supérieure de l’image de Poitiers-Angoulême et Beaux-arts de Marseille). She teaches history and theory of art.

Franck Leibovici has published quelques storyboards (ubu.com, 2003), 9+11 (ubu.com, 2005), des documents poétiques (al dante, coll. “forbidden beach”, 2007), portraits chinois (al dante, 2007), lettres de jérusalem (spam, 2012, with Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige),(des formes de vie), une écologie des pratiques artistiques (les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers / questions théoriques, 2012), filibuster (une lecture) (Jeu de Paume, 2013), des récits ordinaires (with Yaël Kreplak and G... [ read more ]

Kim Levin is an American art critic and writer. Levin was a regular contributor to The Village Voice from 1982 to 2006. Since 2007 she has been contributing regularly to ArtNews. She worked as a correspondent to Opus International from 1973-1977.
From 1980-1994, she was a correspondent at Flash Art. She also worked as a contributing editor for Arts Magazine from 1973-1992. Levin has also contributed to the publications; Parkett, Artstudio, Sculpture and VOIR, among others. Her essays are also in... [ read more ]

Gail Levin is a Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. The acknowledged authority on the American realist painter Edward Hopper, she is the author of many books and articles on this artist, including the catalogue raisonné and Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography. Her work on twentieth century and contemporary art has won international acclaim, been widely published, and transl... [ read more ]

Shiyan Li is a Doctor in Artistic Sciences, member of the Asia & Pacific network (Paris) and member of the ‘Langages Artistiques Asie-Occident’ (Paris) inter-university research team. Her work relates to our perception of Far Eastern culture in contemporary western art, on the birth of Chinese contemporary art after the Cultural Revolution and the lexicographical study of Chinese art critic vocabulary in the 20th and 21st centuries, together with the translation difficulties it represents.

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Éric Loret is an art critic and book reviewer. Former student of the École Normale Supérieure (Fontenay-Saint-Cloud), he has long collaborated to the Culture pages of the daily Libération while teaching (NYU, ECAL, UNIL). He has also been a columnist for La Dispute (France Culture). Author of Petit manuel critique (Les prairies ordinaires, 2015), he is currently writing for AOC, The Artnewspaper France, En attendant Nadeau and Le Monde des Livres.

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Beral Madra lives and works in Istanbul. Since 1984 she has organized shows for more than 300 local and international artists in her art centres, in other official art spaces in Istanbul, Ankara, Diyarbakır and in Baku, Bari, Berlin, Creta, Huarte, Krakow, Los Angeles, Moscow, Munich, Sofia, Tbilisi, Venezia… She founded and directed Gallery BM from 1984 to 1990 and BM Contemporary Art Centre since 1990. BM CAC is currrently archive (5000 books, 250 exhibition boxes, artist portfolios and a... [ read more ]

Arnaud Maguet is an artist and professor at Villa Arson in Nice, head of the project Méta Musique Machin. He is a non-musician in Brian Eno’s sense of the term and sometimes an author in his own sense of the term. One might say that, like others, his practice is a kind of cable-car connection between the summits of the 20th century avant-garde and the gutters of underground culture, but that would sound horrendously pretentious and extremely reductive. What is true, however, is that by re-app... [ read more ]

Éric Mangion has been the director of the Villa Arson art center since 2006. There he hosted and organized numerous solo exhibitions, notably for Eva Barto, Sonia Boyce, Monster Chetwynd, Judy Chicago, Jeremy Deller, Jean Dupuy, Brice Dellsperger, Ryan Gander, Bernard Heidsieck, Emmanuelle Lainé, Zoé Léonard, Flora Moscovici, Roman Ondak, Linda Sanchez, Tatiana Trouvé, as well as group exhibitions such as Ne pas jouer avec des choses mortes, Go Canny! Poétique du sabotage, Double Bind / Arr... [ read more ]

After engaging in research as a specialist of Tribal Art on the Indian sub-continent, Julia Marchand obtained a Master of Fine Arts, Curating, at Goldmiths’ College, University of London. In 2015, she joined the staff of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation in Arles, where she is Associate Curator today. Julia Marchand worked alongside Bice Curiger on the La Vie Simple – Simplement la Vie exhibition in 2017, and organised the James Ensor & Alexander Kluge: Siècles Noirs exhibition presented in 2... [ read more ]

Lauren Mele is an artist, writer and researcher based in London. Her writing and research focus on contemporary art dealing with politics of objective image production. She is a MFA graduate in contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London (2010). Recent content and research contributions include “Zarina Bhimji: Lead White,” Tate Britain (2019); Serpenti in Arte (2016); Art and Politics Now (2014); Suspended (2013).

Pierre Meunier is a French playwright and director, an atypical personality from the theater and circus world. In March and April 2010, he flew aboard the Airbus Zero-G, as part of the Writers in zero gravity residence. After a first collaboration in 2008 with the Observatoire de l’Espace, Pierre Meunier is the third artist to participate in this residency, which gave him the opportunity to report on his experience and the artistic research he conducted aboard the aircraft. Pierre Meunier has ... [ read more ]

Luba Michailova is the founder of Izolyatsia, a non profit multi-disciplinary platform for cultural initiatives in Ukraine. The Izolyatsia foundation supports a wide variety of projects aiming to educate, debate and activate the ukrainian creative sphere with culture.

Anne Charlotte Michaut is an art historian with a multidisciplinary educational background. She first specialised in English literature during two years of preparatory cycle in literature. Then she received a Bachelor of Art in French Literature at Paris- Sorbonne University and started studying Art History at École du Louvre (bachelor’s degree) and Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Master’s degree). Through her research and
various work experiences in the cultural field, she explored the link... [ read more ]

Nathalie Moureau is Professor of cultural economics and Vice-President of Culture, University of Paul Valery Montpellier, France. She has published different books and various papers on the contemporary art market. She has also conducted several researches for the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Among her recent publications Le marché de l’art contemporain, ed. La Découverte (in collaboration with D. Sagot-Duvauroux) and Contemporary Art Collectors : The Unsung Influences on th... [ read more ]

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Estelle Nabeyrat is a curator and independent art critic. She has curated several exhibition projects such as recently at the Quadrado Azul Gallery in Lisbon, the Neuer Aachner Kunstverein in Aachen and the Museu da Répúblicà in Rio de Janeiro. She is currently preparing a solo exhibition on Elisa Pône to be held in 2020 at the Lisbon Municipal Galleries. Her texts have been published in numerous journals and newspapers including Contemporanea (in Portuguese) Texte zur Kunst (in German) and ... [ read more ]

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Rosemary O’Neill is an art historian specializing in French and American art in the second half of the twentieth century. She is the author of Art and Visual Culture on the French Riviera, 1956-1971 (Ashgate, 2012), co-editor of Art as Adventure: Going Beyond (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017); and the book chapters: “Agnès Varda’s du Côté de la Côte: Place as ‘Sociological Phenomenon’” (Bloomsbury, 2018); “La Cédille qui Sourit: aesthetic research under the ‘sign of hum... [ read more ]

Éric Mangion has been the director of the Villa Arson art center since 2006. There he hosted and organized numerous solo exhibitions, notably for Eva Barto, Sonia Boyce, Monster Chetwynd, Judy Chicago, Jeremy Deller, Jean Dupuy, Brice Dellsperger, Ryan Gander, Bernard Heidsieck, Emmanuelle Lainé, Zoé Léonard, Flora Moscovici, Roman Ondak, Linda Sanchez, Tatiana Trouvé, as well as group exhibitions such as Ne pas jouer avec des choses mortes, Go Canny! Poétique du sabotage, Double Bind / Arr... [ read more ]

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Vittorio Parisi holds a doctorate in Aesthetics from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and is currently in charge of studies and research at the Villa Arson school of visual arts in Nice. His research activity focuses on the relationship between art and urban non-places, as well as on the relationship between street art, the institutional world of art and the cultural industry.

Patrizio Peterlini is currently director of the Fondazione Bonotto. He has a degree in modern literature and clinical psychology and a Master of Advanced Studies in “Concept and Clinical Psychoanalysis” (with a thesis on psychoanalysis and contemporary art). He is a psychanalyst and professor of art psychology at the Academia anta Giulia de Brescia. From 2005 to 2010, he worked at the F. Conz Archives, where he organized the cataloguing of works and documents and supervised exhibitions and p... [ read more ]

Sasha Pevak (born in 1988 in Moscow) is an art-researcher and independent curator. He lives and works between Paris and Moscow. PhD student and lecturer at Paris 8 University, Sasha Pevak is particularly interested in the relationship between art and power and is currently writing a thesis entitled “The Body of Artist as a Place of Resistance in Soviet and Russian Art After 1974″, under the direction of Prof. Jérôme Glicenstein. After graduating from Lomonosov Moscow State University and P... [ read more ]

A graduate from the Villa Arson school of art in 2015, Jérémy Piette is an artist and journalist. He wrote on culture in the French newspaper Libération for 3 years (2016 – 2019) and occasionally for Vogue Homme and Les Cahiers du Cinéma. Today, he still is a regular collaborator for Libération while pursuing his artistic work.

Valérie Pihet is dedicated to research and experimentation on the relationships between the arts and human & social sciences. For 5 years, she directed the arts & politics experimental programme (SPEAP), co-founded in 2010 with philosopher Bruno Latour – her partner in crime since 2002. She has, in particular, coordinated the Iconoclash exhibitions, Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art (ZKM, 2002), Making Things Public, Atmospheres of Democracy (ZKM, 2005) and the creation and d... [ read more ]

Armelle Pradalier is an historian of art. She worked in the curatorial team of the Dia Art Foundation of New York from 2000 to 2006. She was then Director of Visual Arts at the cultural services of the Embassy of France in the United States and head of the program “Etant donné pour l’art” (2008-2012). Since October 2017 she is responsible for exhibitions at the Beaux-Arts school in Paris.

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A founding member of the journal Perpendiculaire, Laurent Quintreau works in advertising and directs Betor-pub, the cfdt union for the new economy. He is the author of an essay, four novels and regularly publishes opinion pieces on the topics of current developments in justice, economics and society (Le Monde newspaper, esprit and cadres cfdt magazines…). He is also a member of the jury GESTES (Groupe d’Etudes Sur le Travail et la Souffrance au Travail – a research group on work and workpl... [ read more ]

Olivier Quintyn was born in 1978 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He studied at the École Normale Supérieure (Fontenay/Saint-Cloud). Holder of an Aggregation higher degree in French language and literature, he taught Aesthetics and Art History at the University of Rennes II and now teaches Literature at the Lycée Jacques Monod in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine). Since 1997, he has been disseminating reports and “poetic documents” on international geopolitics in the framework of his Project [S.V.P.]: publ... [ read more ]

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Bénédicte Ramade holds a PhD from Sorbonne University (Paris, France), specializing in the history of ecological art in the United States (The Misfortunes of Ecological Art in the U.S. since the 1960s. Proposition for a Critical Rehabilitation). As art historian and critic specialized in contemporary art, she has spent the past fifteen years analyzing environmental issues. In 2009, she curated the group exhibition Acclimatation at Villa Arson (Nice) and edited the accompanying catalogue, which... [ read more ]

Georgia René-Worms graduated from Villa Arson in 2014. In 2016, she joined the curatorial studies programme at the Ecole du Magasin in Grenoble. Between 2016 and 2017, she conducted research on the relationship between the Italian art scene of the 1960s and 1970s and feminist activist groups. She was a member of the 2017-2018 session of postgraduate course at the ENSBA, Lyon. In 2019, she was the first prize-winner in the Villa Champollion programme at the French Institute in Cairo (Egypt). Her... [ read more ]

Camille Reynaud is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. For the past two years, she has been living in Le Havre where she has been exploring other forms of writing as part of a master’s degree in creative writing. Two projects have thus emerged: a first autobiographical narrative based on the model of sociological investigation, by successively going back and forth between individual and collective through the multiplicity of narratives and life stor... [ read more ]

Camille Richert is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in contemporary history. Her first research work in social history focused on women workers in the inter-war period. After a stint at the École du Louvre, she began a doctoral thesis in 2016 under the supervision of Laurence Bertrand Dorléac at Sciences Po – Paris, where she lectures in history at the Collège Universitaire. Her research work focuses on representations of work in art since 1968. In the vein of the social... [ read more ]

Christian Rinaudo is a sociologist, lecturer at the University of the Côte d’Azur and researcher at URMIS (Migration and Society Research Unit). His research interests include the production and expression of differences in the urban space, cultural dynamics in multi-ethnic societies and, in the context of globalization, migratory phenomena and processes of otherness. His current work focuses on the articulation between the dynamics of mobility/blockage of artists (tension between free movemen... [ read more ]

After a degree at the Sorbonne and a Master’s degree of Arts at the University of Saint-Etienne, Isabelle Rodriguez committed herself in a second cycle at the Nîmes’ Art School where she passed a National Postgraduate degree in Graphic Arts in June 2017, with the jury’s congratulations. She develops stories that she delivers orally, presenting archives – photographs, films, acts of civil or judicial registry – and relating her expeditions across Europe in search of history’s forgott... [ read more ]

After studying philosophy, Mathilde Roman graduated Phd in Arts and Sciences of Art, Univ. Paris 1 Sorbonne. She teaches at the Pavillon Bosio, Art &Scénographie, Monaco. Art critic, she’s treasurer of AICA International. She published two essays : On Stage, The theatrical Dimension of Video Image, Intellect, UK, 2016, and Art vidéo et mise en scène de soi, L’Harmattan, 2008, and Corps et images. Oeuvres, dispositifs et écrans contemporains, Mimésis, 2017.
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After spending about equal amounts of time in the academic world and the art world, K. Lisa Schiff has shifted from seeking hybrid genres — a dissertation about artists’ books; artworks using text — to pursuing writing and artmaking separately. She has terminal degrees in both fields: a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Pennsylvania), and a M.F.A. in Studio Art (with Honors in Drawing, School of the Museum o... [ read more ]

Karol Sienkiewicz is an art critic and art historian. He has edited several collective art books on Polish contemporary art. In particular, he is the author of Zatańczą ci co drżeli. Polska sztuka krytyczna (Those who Trembled Will Dance. Polish Critical Art, 2014). He won the Jerzy Stajuda Award for Art Criticism (2012). He is published in various cultural magazines, including Dwutygodnik.

Hailing from the ranks of Ecole Centrale and HEC, Julien Sipra currently works at an advertising agency where he invents stories to be told through digital devices and information technology. He was a contributor to the Hearn report on the “development of entrepreneurship in the cultural sector of France”, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of the Economy. He then attended Sciences Po and the political art school founded by Bruno Latour where, in respo... [ read more ]

Ewa Sułek is an art historian, curator, writer and researcher. She studied art history at the University of Warsaw and the University of Cambridge. Her main research interests include contemporary Ukrainian art and relationships between art and politics. She is currently working on her PhD thesis about contemporary art spaces in Kyiv, carried out at the Academia Copernicana, interdisciplinary doctoral school at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, in collaboration with the University o... [ read more ]

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Anysia Troin-Guis completed a Ph D. in Comparative Literature (Aix-Marseille University) and is a professor certified in modern humanities. Her thesis, defended in 2017, is entitled Experimental poetry from 1960 to 1980: Aesthetic, ethical and political issues. The recipient of a post-doctoral research grant financed by the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah for her work on the relationships between contemporary and historical violence, she is pursuing her activities as an art critic and con... [ read more ]

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After he graduated in Politics at La Sorbonne University in 2010, Nicolas Vaquier specialised in Management of Cultural organizations. He worked as a freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines, then founded in 2012 the cultural magazine La Grande Bouche, and became publication director of it. He was involved in the creation of the INAGLOBAL project, the bilingual online magazine of the Institut National de l’audiovisuel (INA), as a subeditor and regular writer for the magazine. He also ... [ read more ]

Dejan Vasić is an art critic and independent curator based in Belgrade, Serbia, currently working as a visual arts program curator at the Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade. He is co-editor of Beton (cultural propaganda kit) and an active member of AICA Serbia. In the past, he was a member of Kontekst Collective (2009-2013), the Culture of Memory curatorial platform (2010-2014) and the Four Faces of Omarska Working Group (2010-2015). He is interested in art as a critical and politi... [ read more ]

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Marek Wasilewski is lecturing at the University of Arts in Poznań. From 2017, he is a director of the municipal gallery Arsenal in Poznan. He is a member of AICA. In the years 2000-2017 he was editor in chief of the bimonthly cultural magazine Time of Culture. He published in magazines such as Art Monthly, Springerin, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, the International Journal of Education and Art, and Art, Design & Communicationin Higher Education .

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Wang Yang is a Chinese photographer, born in Shanghai on April 21, 1986. In 2009, he graduated from Shanghai Normal University with a bachelor’s degree, specialising in oil painting. Then, he went in France where he learned French for two years, before getting his Bachelor of art on 2015 in the Hight School of Art and Design of Valenciennes. Then he began learning photo, and obtained a Master degree specialised on art in 2017 to the National Institute of Art of Dijon. Since, selected by the Na... [ read more ]

Shingo Yoshida received his MA with highest honors from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Villa Arson in Nice France in 2004, then earned a post-graduate diploma in 2005 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France, and subsequently in 2007, received another post-graduate diploma in the Program La Seine of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Yoshida’s work has been shown in many international exhibitions, in-cluding Palais de Tokyo, Paris ; the Museo de... [ read more ]

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Elvan Zabunyan is a contemporary art historian, art critic and professor at Rennes University, where she was the director of the Master’s Curatorial Program from 2002 to 2019. She works across issues of race, postcolonialism and feminism, as well as on the political and cultural history of the United States in relationship to artistic activism since the 1960s. She published a pioneering work on African-American visual arts, Black is a Color: A History of Contemporary African American Art (Dis ... [ read more ]

Julien Zerbone is a lecturer, historian, art critic and regular contributor to journals such as 303, Critique d’art, 02 and La Belle Revue. He is particularly interested in crossover between the arts and social movements, including their forms and institutions. He is currently conducting research into René Vautier and his support of workers’ movements.

Çiğdem Zeytin (born 1981 in Krefeld, Germany) is an Istanbul-based art critic. She completed her undergraduate education at Anadolu University in the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Department of Advertising, Public Relations and her master’s degree at Anadolu University’s Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Art Science, Fine Arts Theory and Criticism. She is working as an independent art critic, writing critiques and conducting interviews with contemporary artists from Turkey a... [ read more ]

A former student at the ‘Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon’, Estelle Zhong Mengual possesses a doctorate in the History of Art. She completed her thesis on the current artistic and political stakes of participative art at Sciences-Po Paris, under the direction of Laurence Bertrand Dorléac. She is currently working on ways in which contemporary art can enrich our relationships and sensitivity to the world around us, in the context of the ecological crisis. She co-directed the work ‘Reclaim... [ read more ]