Carole Douillard
Nantes, France
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French-Algerian artist, born in 1971 in Nantes (France) from a Kabyle mother and a French father, Carole Douillard is 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 runned 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 developpement of a 3 months research project in California (performance and contemporary gesture). Before going to CA she’ll be part of the first Oslo Biennial (opening on may, 25th).
Carole Douillard's The Viewers will be performed at Oslo Biennalen First Edition 2019-2024.


In 2018, she ended the project Dog life in Algeria (Soutien pour le développement d’une recherche artistique/Financial support for the development of artist research, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France) whose first presentations took place at the Frac des Pays de la Loire in 2014-2015. This algerian project’s last occurrence is a film made together with the american filmmaker Babette Mangolte. It consists on a politic and poetic reenactment in Algiers’s street of an historic Bruce Nauman’s performance from 1967 (Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square).


Alive, her first monograph was published in march 2016, its authors are Chantal Pontbriand, Janig Bégoc and David Zerbib (Ed. by Christian Alandete/Cabin agency – Les Presses du Réel, Fr).

A first copy of her performance The viewers was acquired in 2014 by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (France). In 2012-2013, she was artist researcher within the cooperative of research at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art of Clermont Métropole (university year 2012-2013) and regularly collaborates with Laboratoire du geste – Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. She is the co-founder with Entre-deux (ML Viale & J Rivet), Manon Rolland, Oro/Loïc Touzé, Fabienne Compet, Isabelle Tellier of think think think, a platform for research in performance (Nantes, France, 2014). She also regulary teaches performance art in European universities and art schools since 15 years.

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