2012 FELLOW: MURIEL ENJALRAN

Muriel Enjalran was invited to come to New York from Paris as the first ICI/French Institute Fellow. After participating in ICI’s Curatorial Intensive program in the Summer 2012, she conducted research into artists who engage with the public sphere and explore the relationship between art and politics beyond conventional practices. Enjalran takes the works and activities of Justine Triet, Ângela Ferreira, and Caetano Dias (artists residing across various continents) as a departure point for interrogating how their work attempts to redefine aesthetics, therefore redefining art and politics while engaging with the social.

The past two years have shown tremendous international popular uprisings from New York to Cairo to Athens. And as art continues to emerge as a vehicle for expressing political movements, the traditional artwork has been generally augmented by art as a process, increasingly contributing to an aestheticization of politics. New York offers a space to witness theory in action alongside a myriad of contemporary art spaces and cultural institutions. As her research in New York progresses through studio visits, lectures, academic studies and professional networking, Enjalran’s writing will continue to unearth international artists and practices working against the grain of standardizing the relationship between art and politics.

Click here to read Enjalran’s full essay, Between the Politicization of Art and the Aesthetics of the Politics: the Margin of the Artist. The essay results from a research fellowship established for independent curator and writer Muriel Enjalran by Independent Curators International (ICI), l’institut français in Paris, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.

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