Biography

French-Algerian artist, born in 1971 in Nantes (France) from a Kabylian mother and a French father, Carole Douillard is graduated from the School of Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France, in 1997 (Master of Fine Arts) and from University of Language, Human and Social Sciences, Besançon, France (Art, dance and performance) in 2012. She’s working with the « Laboratory of Gesture », ran by the pragmatist philosopher Barbara Formis at Paris 1 – University Panthéon Sorbonne. In 2021-2022, she’s part of Of Public Interest, international research group in Public art, directed by Jonas Dahlberg, hosted by Royal Institute of Arts, Stockholm (Sweden).

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 works have been presented at at Lace, Los Angeles, CCAM à Las Palmas (Iles Canaries), at the Oslo Biennale (2019-2021), in Brussels (A performance Affair, 2018, Wiels, 2016), at the Biennale de Lyon (Mondes Flottants, 2017) and Michel Rein gallery, T2G, théâtre de Gennevilliers, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Dance Museum (Rennes), Centre Pompidou, Paris (France), at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid, Spain).

In 2019 she had a research grant from the French Institute for a residency in California where she lived for several months (Sur Mesure / Flax Foundation). The residency (Los Angeles & San Francisco) revolved around the archives of the writer Susan Sontag and around the history of feminist gesture and performance in Southern California from the 1960s to the present day (archives partly preserved at Getty Museum, LA).

In 2018, she realised a performance film (Idir) with the american filmmaker Babette Mangolte which 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). Idir has been shown in 2019-2020 at the Musée d’arts of Nantes (France) and at Lace (Los Angeles). It is now part of The Musée Carré d’Arts de Nîmes (France) and Kadist Foundation (Paris & San Francisco).

A first copy of her performance The viewers was acquired in 2014 by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (France) the second one is, since 2020, part of Oslo City Collection (Norway).

In 2012-2013, she was artist researcher within the cooperative of research at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art of Clermont Métropole (High School of Fine Arts).


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).


She is the co-founder of Économie Solidaire de l’Art. She also regularly teaches performance art in European and north Africa universities and art schools since 15 years.