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Recipient of the 2015 ICI/French Institute Fellowship

Posted on July 28, 2015

Independent Curators International (ICI), l’Institut français in Paris, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York announce curator Mouna Mekouar as the 2015 ICI/French Institute Fellow.

Mouna Mekouar, a curator and art critic who has held curatorial positions at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, is the fourth ICI/French Institute Fellow. The fellowship program offers a French curator an opportunity for international research and the development of professional networks over a period of six months, which includes two visits to the U.S. or across ICI’s international network.

Mouna Mekouar’s research explores new potentialities for spaces and scales of art, using French theorist André Malraux’s concept of the Museum Without Walls as a starting point. Through studio visits and artist interviews, she plans to investigate the use of image collections and archives in artists’ practices, re-envisioning Malraux’s concepts. She is interested in understanding and revealing the consequences of this concept on artists’ works, curatorial practices, and encyclopedic museums. Mekouar’s research and details on related events will be available on ICI’s website.

About the Fellow
Mouna Mekouar is an art critic and independent curator based in Paris, France. She was associate curator of Simple Shapes at Centre Pompidou-Metz (2014). From 2012 to 2014, she was curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She was co-curator of the exhibition Philippe Parreno Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World in 2013 at Palais de Tokyo. In 2010, she was associate curator of Chefs-d’oeuvre ? (Masterpieces ?), the inaugural exhibition of Centre Pompidou-Metz. She also undertook a number of curatorial assignments for various cultural institutions in France, such as Musée du Quai Branly for the Biennale of Images of the World (2009 and 2011); Jeu de Paume for the exhibition Roger Parry at Hôtel de Sully. She has numerous published essays and has contributed to journals such as Art PressRevue de l’artÉtudes photographiquesImages re-vues and Patrimoines.


About L’Institut français in Paris
L’Institut français is the governmental agency for the promotion of French culture abroad and the operator of the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs for artistic collaboration in performing arts, visual arts, architecture, as well as for the dissemination of French books, cinéma, language, thinking, and ideas. L’Institut français works in close relationship with the French cultural services abroad, including 150 local French institutes and almost 1,000 French alliances. It also collaborates with the French Ministry of Culture and Communication through a partnership agreement.

About The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.
The Cultural Services is a division of the French Embassy in the United States. The Cultural Services was first imagined in the 1930’s by Paul Claudel. In 1945 General de Gaulle appointed Claude Lévi-Strauss as the first Cultural Counselor, with the mission of providing Americans (individuals and organizations) with access and resources to engage with French culture and promote it in their own communities. www.frenchculture.org