Photo courtesy the artist.
Photo courtesy the artist.
September 18th, 2015

Behind the Scenes: Pauline Curnier Jardin

Performa 15

Performa 15 is fast approaching!   We open on November 1st and run through November 22nd with newly commissioned live works by visual artists, choreographers, and film-makers, presented at venues across New York City. Behind the Scenes will give you intimate access into the artists’ creative processes, and we’re excited to start this series with Amsterdam-based French artist Pauline Curnier Jardin.

Drawing from sources as diverse as witchcraft, voguing and the animal kingdom, The House of Resurrection, is an enveloping event of singing tableaux vivants that employs the language of theater to explore the artists rich visual vocabulary.  It will showcase Curnier Jardin’s uniquely exuberant sensibility, deploying an abundance of pop-cultural and historical references that celebrate such Renaissance “misfits” as Arcimboldo, Rabelais, and Palissy.  

The following images are drawn from Curnier Jardin’s sketchbooks, showing  her early process and drawings as she conceptualized the project.

Please click here for information on the Performa 15 Biennial.



Pauline Curnier Jardin, currently a Rijksakademie resident in Amsterdam, creates transgressive, camp, and idiosyncratic character-driven works that are presented as installations, performances, films, drawings, and objects.  Through text, lighting, color, texture, costumes, soundtrack, and props she creates and inhabits highly stylized visual settings.  Curnier-Jardin graduated in 2006 from both École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts (Cergy-Pontoise) and L'École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (Paris).  Her work has been presented internationally at MIT List Visual Center, Cambridge (2014); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2012); Musée d'Art moderne, Paris (2010); and ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (2010).

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