Agathe Simon is a Paris-based artist, born in 1977. Further to her Ph.D. degrees from the Sorbonne University and the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), she travelled creating art projects throughout the world for a decade. She has also carried out initiatic journeys in Central Africa, Peru, and Antarctica. Since her return to Paris in 2017, she has started a partnership with the art company The Group (whose members come from 27 countries), and is currently conducting artistic workshops at the Sorbonne University.
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), participative experiences (Antoine, 95% of Unknown, Year 1, Trilogy of Fire), and the celebration of the body (Heart is Home, Ecstasies). 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 a collective performance, Tribute to Gabriela Conti, at France’s Paris Poetry Center, France, with Paul Ardenne, Jean Guizerix, Hervé Le Corre, and Irène Omelianenko (2020), as well as Antoine and 95% of Unknown, a film and a participative experience with the art company The Group, in partnership with the Parisian alternative venue Les Frigos, the CNRS, CY Cergy Paris Université, and the Paris Cergy National Graduate School of Art (2019-20).
Agathe Simon has created numerous individual and collective performances including at: the Paris’ Poetry Center, France (2020); the alternative art venue Les Frigos, Paris, France (2019); the alternative art venue La Générale, Paris, France; the Paris University, France (2018); La Générale, Paris, France; the Museum of Non-conformist Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia; University of Aix-Marseille, France (2017); CY Cergy Paris Université, France; the Concordia base, Antarctica (2016); the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; the French Institute of Fès, Morocco; the 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;and the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, Halifax, Canada (2014).
Simon has participated in group shows, including: the Transpositions III biennale, Museum of Non-conformist Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2020); Year 1, La Générale, Paris, France; the Eve’s Rib art festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2019); Il Suono in Mostra, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Udine, Italy (2018); 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 the ‘Nocturne Halifax’ Art Festival, Halifax, Canada (2014). She has also had solo exhibitions including: Audiorama & MDT, Stockholm, Sweden; MMP, Paris, France (2015); French Institute of Algiers, Algeria, and the Art and History Museum of Tlemcen, Algeria (2014).
She has been selected for a number of art residencies, including: the Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden (2020), the “Pushkinskaya-10” Art Center, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2017); the Atka Sailing Vessel, Greenland, Arctic (2016); EMS – Swedish Performing Arts Agency, Stockholm, Sweden (2015); the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; the Argentinian Government Residency Program, Carlini Base, Antarctica (2014), and the Bogliasco Foundation, Bogliasco, Italy (2009).
She has gotten grants from DRAC Île-de-France, Paris, France; the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Sweden (2020); CY Advanced Studies, France; the Paris-Seine University, France (2019); the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Sweden (2014), and the Kone Foundation (2011).