Saint-Etienne, b.1947

ORLAN

Born in 1947 in Saint-Etienne, France, ORLAN is one of the most provocative artists of today, always pushing the artistic boundaries, and defying the laws of nature and social norms. Internationally renowned for her performances involving cosmetic surgery, the artist grants herself unfettered freedom and pushes her creative potential by continuing to take as medium her body and her life. In 1964, at the age of seventeen, ORLAN declared that she would make her body “a forum of public debate.” Based on this postulate, ORLAN has continued to explore the issues relating to representation, sexuality, and the question of identity for the past fifty years.

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Biography

Born in 1947 in Saint-Etienne, France, ORLAN is one of the most provocative artists of today, always pushing the artistic boundaries, and defying the laws of nature and social norms. Internationally renowned for her performances involving cosmetic surgery, the artist grants herself unfettered freedom and pushes her creative potential by continuing to take as medium her body and her life. In 1964, at the age of seventeen, ORLAN declared that she would make her body “a forum of public debate.” Based on this postulate, ORLAN has continued to explore the issues relating to representation, sexuality, and the question of identity for the past fifty years.

Artworks

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Tasting before the operation, 4th Surgery-Performance Titled Successful Operation, 8th December, 1991

RELATED CATEGORIES

Body / Contemporary Feminist / Cultural Commentary / France / French / Human Figure / Media Art / Mutated Body / Performance Art / Provocative / Saint-Etienne / Self-Portrait

CURRICULUM VITAE

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    ORLAN, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico

  • Vertical Gallery, Vienna

  • This is not Selfie, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    This is not a Selfie, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA

  • Feminist Avantgarde of the 1970s, Works from the collection of SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Stavanger, Norway; Hause der Kunst, Br?nn, Czech Republic

  • Atwerp a Baroque City, Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    ORLAN, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico

  • Vertical Gallery, Vienna

  • This is not Selfie, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA

  • 2017

    ORLAN Body of Proof, MACBA,?Buenos Aires, Argentine.

  • ORLAN EN CAPITALE(S), curator : J?r?me Neutres, La Maison Europ?enne de la Photographie, Paris

  • ORLAN Retrospective, Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Rome

  • ORLAN, Galerie de l’Alliance Fran?aise Argentine, Buenos Aires

  • ORLAN, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris

  • College artist residence and tour exhibition, Lycoming College, Pennsylvania

  • ORLAN, Art+Text Budapest, Budapest

  • ORLAN, La Plaque Tournante, Berlin

  • 2016

    ORLAN-Techno-Body Retrospective 1966-2016, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • ORLAN TODAY, FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France

  • ORLAN TODAY, ?glise le Vieux Saint-Sauveur, Caen, France

  • Body Body, La Plaque Tournante, Berlin

  • 2015

    Temps variable et baiser de m?duses, B?lit Centre d’Art Contemporani, Girona, Spain

  • Zoom Baroque, Plis et d?plis, Galerie Peccolo, Livorno, Italy

  • Terapia dell’Ibrido, Castello di Susans, Majano, Italy

  • Projection sur la Tour Horizon de Jean Nouvel, Octobre rose, Paris

  • ORLAN, Strip-tease des cellules jusqu’? l’os, Centre des arts, France

  • Temps variable et baiser de m?duses, Centre d’art LE LAIT, Albi, France

  • Vitrines sur l’art, Galeries Lafayette, Toulouse, France

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    This is not a Selfie, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA

  • Feminist Avantgarde of the 1970s, Works from the collection of SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Stavanger, Norway; Hause der Kunst, Br?nn, Czech Republic

  • Atwerp a Baroque City, Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Body Art, Amsterdam Tropen Museum, Amsterdam

  • 2017

    La Piel Que Habito : The Skin I Live In, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul

  • I’m expected to…, Mus?e Thomas-Henry, Cherbourg-Octeville, France

  • Body and Soul, Venice Biennale, Venice

  • Kiss, Br?han Museum, Berlin

  • The Patient Tour, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, NSW, Australia

  • 77 Experiment, Centre Photographique d’Ile de France, Pontault-Combault, France

  • The Raft ? Art is (Not) Lonely, Mu.ZEE Ostend, Ostend, Belgium

  • Art in Art, MOCAK, Krakow, Poland

  • Situations, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

  • Gainsbourg Still Alive, Cornette de Saint-Cyr, Paris

  • L’esprit Fran?ais, Contre-cultures en France, 1969-1989, La Maison Rouge, Paris

  • 40?me anniversaire de la journ?e internationale de la femme, Lyc?e Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry, Cr?teil, France

  • The Women’s Museum, Kvinde Museet, Aarhus, Denmark

  • Feminist Avantgarde of the 1970s. Works from the collection SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Zentrum f?r Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Fondation Annenberg, Los Angeles

  • Karachi Biennale, Karachi, Pakistan

  • Feminist Avantgarde of the 1970s. Works from the colelction SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Museum der moderne Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna

  • Archipel Di Rosa, MIAM S?te, S?te, France

  • 2016

    Salon Frances ? Conversation with 10 contemporary Artists, MACBA, Buenos Aires

  • Le Nu Masculin, Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris

  • All I Want for Christmas, Galerie des multiples, Paris

  • Les 7 D?mons, H2M, H?tel Marron de Meillonnas, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

  • Feminist Avantgarde of the 1970s. Works from the collection SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Photographer’s Gallery, London

  • Altered Reality, Frederick R.Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles

  • Skandal Normal ?, OK Center for Contemporary Art at the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter, Linz, Austria

  • Radio #3, Paris Nuit Blanche, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

  • Une journ?e de co?ncidences #4, Galerie PLateforme, Paris

  • Changwon Sculpture Biennale (directed by Jin Sup Yoon), Changwon, Korea

  • En / qu?te d’identit?, Abbaye de Jumi?ges, France

  • Sous chapiteau, Art et Chirurgie esth?tique, Avenue des Champs ?lys?es, Paris

  • Busan Biennale (directed by Yun Cheagab, Lim Dong Lak), Busan, Korea

  • Biennale de Dakar, Breath’Arts (directed by Simon Njami), Dakar, S?n?gal

  • Biennale de Cuenca (directed by Imma Prieto), Cuenca, Ecuador

  • Biennale d’Art Num?rique Internationale de Montr?al, Automata (directed by Alain Thibault), Arsenal d’art contemporain, Montr?al

  • Connected, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Bruxelles

  • Comparart, Il Exposicion Internacional de Art Contemporaneo, Centro Cultural de la Nacion, Lima, Peru

  • Fant?mes et Apparition, Ch?teau du Rivau, Lemere, France

  • D?figures, ?cole Normale Sup?rieure de Lyon, Lyon, France

  • Minist?re Ta M?re, Galerie de Multiple, Paris

  • Le bonheur de d?couvrir peu ? peu, Mac Lyon, Lyon, France

  • Body Art, Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Medecine in Art, Museum Of Contemporary Art of Krakow, Krakow, Polognia

  • The Patient, University of NSW Galleries, Sydney

  • Festival Vivant, Tangible Striptease en nanos?quences, Universit? Paris Diderot, Paris

  • The family of the Invisible, Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul

  • Botticelli Reimagined, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

  • Chicks on Speed, Vinyl Factory ? Soho House, Berlin

  • In Pursuit of Pain, Wellcome Collection, London