Pauline Curnier Jardin (b.1980 in Marseille, France) is an artist, filmmaker and performer who lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Along with many degrees, awards and scholarships (ENSAPC and ENSAD in Paris, Goldrauschkünstlerinnen Projekt Stipendium in Berlin, M.F.A Sciences and Technics at the Swedish University of Linköpping) she completed the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten residency in Amsterdam in 2015-2016. She leads the seminar “OPERA CORRUPTION” at the Dutch Art Institute together with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and semiotician-curator Sara Giannini, and this year she is guest professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Her film installation Grotta Profunda Appronfundita was on display at the 57th Venice Biennale curated by Christine Macel and will be again presented at the Cobra Museum in Amsterdam in 2018. Her work has travelled internationally in festivals, biennales, museums and galleries, including Tate Modern, Performa15 NYC Biennale, Museum of Modern Art of Paris, PSM Gallery in Berlin, Palais de Tokyo, M.I.T List Visual Arts Center of Cambridge, ZKM of Karlsruhe, MIGROS Museum in Zurich, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Berlin, FUTURA in Praha, Museum of Contemporary USP São Paulo.
Working across the mediums of drawing, performance, music, installation, and film, Pauline Curnier Jardin uses an approach that combines ethnography and fantasy; with a particular awareness of the roles women have played in mythology, folklore, and conventional narrative cinema; roles that are commonly stereotyped as saint, witch, mother, or mystic. Her artistic productions are thematically unified by a sustained interest in the ‘patchwork narratives’ and ‘geographical rebuses’ that arise from performative combinations of images, bodies, sounds, histories, and locations. Beginning with existing phenomena – a sentiment, a historical or mythological figure, a site or an object – she elaborates their stories to explain their fundamental significance via symbolic or allegorical scenarios.