Agathe Simon is a Paris-based artist, born in 1977. As a Ph.D. recipient from the Sorbonne University and the Paris Conservatory, she has taught several years at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and the University of Paris-Diderot. From 2007 on, and over a decade, she travelled throughout the world invited for art residencies, lecture-performances, and exhibitions. She has also carried out initiatic journeys in Central Africa, Peru, and Antarctica. On her return to Paris in 2017, she created an art company, The Group. With members from 25 countries, this intercontinental adventure develops artistic and humanistic projects open to all. Since September 2018, Agathe Simon has been teaching in the Department of Literature, Arts and Cinema at the University of Paris-Diderot, and conducts artistic creation workshops at the University Paris-Sorbonne.
Agathe Simon creates experiences which question the boundaries of the lived experience and the senses, by radically reinventing the connection with the self, the others, and the unknown. These individual and communal experiences, created inside and outside the exhibition space, open onto another reality – via the commemoration of fictional personalities (The Polar Project, its lecture-performance and its tribute ceremonies), the celebration of the body (Heart is Home, Ecstasies), and participative experiences (Year 1, Trilogy of Fire). Exploring various media, Simon invents a space of experimentation at the confluence of several fields: art history, narrative, shamanism, and geopolitics. Driven by a vision of humanism, her art process constantly embodies otherness and new horizons. It questions the possibility of an individual and social transformation.
Recent works include Day 1 and Trilogy of Fire, two collective art experiences with The Group (2017-18, La Générale, Paris), the remote performance Heart is Home, mentioned by Artforum International Magazine (2017, Museum of Non-conformist Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia), and the three-screen installation Arctica, investigating the invisible in the Arctic (2016, Atka Residency, Greenland).
Agathe Simon has created numerous individual and collective performances including: La Générale, Paris, France; Museum of Non-conformist Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia; University of Aix-Marseille, France (2017); University of Cergy-Pontoise, France; the Concordia base, Antarctica (2016); the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; French Institute of Fès, Morocco; Trocadero Library, Paris, France; the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, France; Audiorama & Modern Dance Theater, Stockholm, Sweden (2015); ‘Canal Algérie’ TV, Algiers, Algeria; French Institute of Algiers, Algeria; Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden; Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, Halifax, Canada (2014).
Simon has had solo exhibitions including: Audiorama & MDT, Stockholm, Sweden; MMP, Paris, France (2015); French Institute of Algiers, Algeria and Art and History Museum of Tlemcen, Algeria (2014). Her participation in international group shows has included: Digit & Rose, Museum of Non-conformist Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Transpositions II, Museum of Non-conformist Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2017); Transpositions, Museum of Non-conformist Art, Saint-Petersburg, Russia; Zaman/Time, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; Arrêts sur mémoires, Gallery CDG, Rabat, Morocco; P.R.N., Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2015), and ‘Nocturne Halifax’ Art Festival, Halifax, Canada (2014).
She has been selected for a number of art residencies, including Art Center “Pushkinskaya-10”, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2017); Atka Sailing Vessel, Greenland, Arctic (2016); EMS – Swedish Performing Arts Agency, Stockholm, Sweden (2015); the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; Argentinian Government Residency Program, Carlini Base, Antarctica (2014), and the Bogliasco Foundation, Bogliasco, Italy (2009).