Approved: 01.07.2020

melissandre varin

Artist, Community worker, Film-maker, Researcher

Approved: 01.07.2020

Relation, displacement, multiplicity, identity, interdependency, and language emerge from melissandre’s work. Making from an Afro and Caribbean diasporic context, melissandre add layers of complexity using a situated Black feminism. Through poetic performance arts, moving image assemblages, and site-specific installations - among other things - melissandre interrogate how the encounter between bodies that have been marginalised, everyday materials, and institutional spaces transgresses normativity.

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Artist Statement

Relation, displacement, multiplicity, identity, interdependency, and language emerge from melissandre’s work. Making from an Afro and Caribbean diasporic context, melissandre add layers of complexity using a situated Black feminism. Through poetic performance arts, moving image assemblages, and site-specific installations - among other things - melissandre interrogate how the encounter between bodies that have been marginalised, everyday materials, and institutional spaces transgresses normativity.

Commissioned nationally and internationally, melissandre co-parent 2 years old Eole at Coventry Peace House. They currently work on a pro-Black arts and library space, prepare transnational afrofeminist performances, are an editor Studies in Theatre and Performance and are a Coventry Artspace Advisory Group member.

CV & Education

Education

2018- 2020 PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies and Language Sciences

Universities of Warwick and Luxembourg

2015- 2016 Master in Environment and Sustainable Development

UCL Development Planning Unit

2011-2015 Bachelor in International Management 

Toulouse Business School

Art residencies

04-05 2020 with Eole, Talking Birds, Coventry, UK

09-12/2020 Outside In Featured artist, Middlands, UK

10-11/2020 Coventry Artspace, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry, UK

11/2020 Talking Birds, Coventry, UK

Awards

10/2020 Coventry Artspace in Action Award

Solo show

10-11/2020 a living space, Coventry Artspace Arcadia City Gallery, Coventry, UK

Collective exhibition

2020 of flour and Earth, Performance with 15 mo Eole, Collectif24, digitally-based afro-carribbean collective

06/2020 Breath, Be, Perform, visual arts, The Criposium, UK

12/2020 Art and Activism curated by Helen Wewiora

Selected live performances

10/2020 roots/routes processing to one's final form, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry, UK

12/08/2020 Eating the (m)other Word of warning 

Selected audio-visual performances and films

09/2020 handle/ with care, prendre/ avec soin, in collaboration with Jeremie Priam, Coventry - Martinique, produced as part of featured artist time with Outside In UK

09/2020 staying in touch commissioned by Cultre Central 

07/2020 'am i being used?' #BlackLivesMatter, screen-based performance, Slanguages, FUEL, and Don't Settle, UK

07/2020 Out of order please do not use, University of Warwick, UK

05/2020 of flour and Earth, home-based, Coventry, UK

2020 Standing by the door, Coventry, UK

2019 Un brouillon et des ratures, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Commissions

06/ 2020 Uninterrupted forms of resistance, screen-based performance,Coventry Pride, Coventry UK

07/2020 DO IT YOURSELF, Text based mails on performance, Coventry Biennial, Coventry, UK

07/2020 #BlackLivesMatter, screen-based performance, Slanguages, FUEL, and Don't Settle, UK

09/2020 staying in touch commissioned by Cultre Central

Embodied essays

2020 Freezing elements of research, Coventry UK

2019 Framing/ Refraining fragmentation, Luxembourg, Luxembourg 

Performative interventions

2019 Black Feminist Workshop, poetry and home movie, CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2019 Presentation of Framing/Reframing fragmentation, CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Film screening

2019 Presentation of Framing/Reframing fragmentation, PaR lab (Practice as research laboratory) at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

2020 Black Kinky Hair, Change your Style, organised by WARSOC, WASS, BWP, and WORDSOC at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

12/2020 staying in touch screening as part of ident festival

Interview

2019 Black Lives and their pluriversal ways of expression Matter, CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

10/2020 BBC CWR interview as part of Black History month

12/2020 Axisweb December Artist of the month 

Contributions

2020 Rapport au corps, SlagMag, UK

2020 my plot, my rules, The Garden Zine, issue one, Coventry UK

2020 Making nearby, Occupying the in-between, UK

2020 When does the rainbow stop? Gertrude Zine #2, Coventry UK

2020 Collage, Mothers Who Make Zine #1, Coventry, UK