Paris / Prague
About the Performer
Julie Béna’s work oscillates between performance, installation and theater. Proceeding through incongruities, shifts and displacements, Béna diverts everyday images and objects. They gradually become the subjects of a variety of strange, poetic fictions. Through installation, photography, video or performance, the artist explores moments of transition, like the passage separating night from sundown. Julie Béna was born in 1982. She lives and works between Paris and Prague. She is a graduate of the Villa Arson in Nice and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She was recently nominated for the AWARE women art prize. Her recent exhibitions include at the Passerelle Art Center, Brest; Galerie Joseph Tang; FUSED Space in San Francisco; Mathew NYC and Bozar, Brussels. Her recent institutional performances include at Fondation Ricard; M Leuven; ICA London, and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. In 2018, Béna is invited to participate in the next Biennale de Rennes. In 2019, in the frame of Satellite, she will open her first solo show in a parisian institution at Jeu de Paume. Her upcoming performances include at Independent Brussels; Centre Pompidou, and MRAC Serignan. She is represented by Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris.
Julie Béna delivers a performance of a rare emotional impact. Inspired by her family history, she narrates and sings the life of her grandmother who died of having loved too much.