Elise Atangana

Elise Atangana (France / Cameroon) situates her work between curation and exhibition production. Based in Paris, she envisions art as individual and collective practice.

Her research focuses on the links between physical and virtual mobilities (movement, representation, practice), and considers their relation with contemporary art practice. How can space be activated by the physical and virtual movement of individuals? How is artistic practice influenced by these new mobilities? How does the relation to the body find an articulation with the modulation of the perception of space born out of virtuality, and what are the social and political implications?

Elise Atangana is the curator of Seven Hills for the 2nd edition of the Kampala Art Biennale 2016 (3 Sept. – 2 Oct.) on mobility shift and transformation in Kampala.

In 2015, the exhibition Entry Prohibited to Foreigners, held at the Havremagasinet in Boden, Sweden, presented the work of 11 international artists, all of whom helped the audience put in perspective the diversity of mobilities today.

Together with Abdelkader Damani and Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Elise Atangana was co-curator of Producing the Common, the international exhibition of the 11th Dakar Biennale in 2014. She has collaborated with curator Elvira Dyangani Ose on the Lumumbashi Biennale – Rencontres Picha 2012/2013, which was entitled Enthusiasm.

In 2011, she became a founding member of the curatorial and research platform On the Roof, with Yves Chatap and Caroline Hancock, later joined by Vanessa Desclaux.

Between 2004 and 2009, Elise Atangana worked with Simon Njami on several exhibition projects, including Check List Luanda Pop at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, a selection of artists from Africa Remix at the 9th Havana Biennale in 2006, and the Camouflage Art Center in Brussels in 2005.

In 2015, she was a participant of the Delfina Foundation residency programme on “Public Domain”. Atangana was a jury member of the Artes Mundi Prize 6 (2014) and for the shortlist of Artes Mundi 7 (2015). She is a member of the acquisitions board of FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, the regional fund for contemporary art, and part of the Global Mobilities Futures Network (GMF).


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