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Carole Douillard

French-Algerian artist, born in 1971 in Nantes, France to a Kabyle mother and a French father, Carole Douillard graduated from the School of Beaux-Arts, Nantes, in 1997 and from the University of Franche-Comté, UFR Science de l’homme et du language (DU in Art, dance and performance) in 2012. She’s part of the research laboratory ACTE at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne run by the pragmatist philosopher Barbara Formis. Artist and performer, Carole Douillard uses her presence or that of the interpreters as sculpture for minimal interventions in space. Situated on the edge of the spectacular, while taking care to avoid it, her work calls for a redefinition of the spectator, the space of performance and the power struggle between the contemplated object and the person contemplating it. Her recent projects have taken place at the Lyon Bienniale, the Ferme du Buisson (Noisiel), at the Musée de la Danse (Rennes), at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), at the Mac Val (Vivre-sur-Seine), at the French Institute in Algiers and Oran (Algeria), at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid/Spain), and at Wiels (Brussels/Belgium). In early 2019, she received a grant for the development of a 3 month long research project in California (performance and contemporary gesture). Before going to California, she’ll be part of the first Oslo Biennial.

DO IT / From the documentary and living archives of performance art to the daily gesture and its “future” form.  “California is the birthplace of a performance art that strongly involves daily gestures and the questions of gender in the artists’ working processes. In the 60s and 70s on the West Coast, far from the big New York institutions, a whole history of gesture, gender and performance was built. The desire to pursue my work in California fits in with my continuous research on the gesture as form. This residency will follow a research project I just completed in Algeria, the country of my dual culture. In California, I will back my research with the theoretical disciplines of Cultural studies, Gender studies and Performance studies taught at the Roski School of Art & Design (University of Southern California), Los Angeles (University of California) and the University of Berkeley.”