Pauline Curnier Jardin

Mixing pop culture with elements of Surrealism, the French artist's theatrical films take history or myth as their points of departure to create a ‘patchwork narration’

Photo credit: Andrea Avezzu

Photo credit: Andrea Avezzu

Pauline Curnier Jardin is an artist, filmmaker and performer. Curnier Jardin’s films, with their use of an excessive vocabulary of forms and characters, could be read in the tradition of the carnivalesque, after Mikhail Bakhtin. She frequently films in 16mm using radical techniques and her characters typically improvise, with the narrative taking a ‘golden age’ of experimental film, as well as history and myth, as points of departure.

Pauline Curnier Jardin (b.1980, Marseille; lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin) completed the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten residency in Amsterdam in 2015-2016. Her installation Grotta Profunda Appronfundita, (made in collaboration with the set-designer Rachel Garcia) is currently on display at the 57th Venice Biennale and she recently presented films at Tate Modern (London). She has also shown at  Performa15 Biennial (New York), Palais de Tokyo, (Paris), M.I.T List Visual Arts Center of Cambridge, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Haus Der Külturen Der Welt (Berlin), FUTURA (Prague), Museum of Contemporary USP (São Paulo) and Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris). Curnier Jardin’s work can be found in the collections of Fonds de Dotation Moulin - Galeries Lafayette (Paris), Collection Nationale des Arts Plastiques (Paris) and FRAC Centre (Orléans), among others. Curnier Jardin is also nominated for the Prix Ricard 2017.