Born in 1978 in Würzburg, Beatrice Barrois was a student at the Hochschule der bildenden Künste, Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main from 2000 to 2006. She first studied sculpture with Prof. Heimo Zobernig and Jason Rhoades, then later graphic art with Prof. Thomas Bayrle and guest professor Rirkrit Tiravanija, as well as painting with Prof. Christa Näher. After a three-month stay in Thailand she graduated as a “master’s student” in 2006.
Between 2009 and 2010 she completed postgraduate studies in the department of Visual Communication at the Hochschule für Gestaltung HfG in Offenbach am Main. In 2013 she began a master’s program in Art History and Aesthetics at Kunsthochschule Kassel, which she completed in 2015 with the academic degree “Master of Arts.” Following this she completed her doctorate with Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hemken on the topic “Ästhetik des (Nicht)Wissens. Künstlerische Positionen im Feld ethnologischer Museen seit Beginn der 21. Jahrhunderts” [“Aesthetics of (Non)knowledge: Artistic Positions in the Field of Ethnological Museums since the Beginning of the 21st Century”]. In 2018 she received a grant for doctoral students from the University of Kassel and completed her doctorate in 2019.
All throughout her studies she works freelance at various museums and exhibition halls in Frankfurt, such as the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Portikus, Museum für Kommunikation, and the Deutsches Filmmuseum. Her particular interest, however, was working at the Museum of World Cultures, an ethnological museum where she worked for over eight years in the areas of conception, education, and project direction. The 2014/15 exhibition “Ware&Wissen (or the stories you wouldn´t tell a stranger)” was the topic of her dissertation. In addition she was involved with the research project “TRACES – Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts” in cooperation with the Zurich University of the Arts, ZhdK. She published the results of her action research in the article “Horizontal Knowledge? Or: Of Cupboards, Drawers, and Boxes.” Béatrice Barrois’s main interest is the variety of research methods and the question of how knowledge is generated and what mechanisms lie behind it, with particular attention to artistic research. To this end she has conducted several interviews with artists, for instance with Otobong Nkanga, Antje Majewski, and Peggy Buth.