melissandre varin are an independant artist-researcher who use their identities as a Black non-binary co-parent to find, make and collect fractal routes towards knowledge creation and sharing.
melissandre most frequently use performance arts, moving images, installations and poetry to contribute in decolonising spaces by creating new assemblages of body/thing/space to address power imbalances.
They have recently been commissioned by Coventry Biennial, Slanguages, Fuel, Don’t Settle, Coventry Pride. melissandre is currently a trustee for Coventry Artspace.
melissandre recently left the Universities of Warwick and Luxembourg to continue research, making, and caring away from the institution. Before undertaking their PhD studies they studied at UCL in Environment and Sustainable development.
I am an Outside In Featured Artist Middlands Hub Microsite until December 2020 and the recipient of Artspace in Action award and an artist in residence supported by Coventry Artspace.
CV & Education
2018- 2020 PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies and Language Sciences
The 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
04-05 2020 with Eole, Talking Birds, Coventry, UK
Selected audio-visual, performances
2020 Out of order please do not use, The University of Warwick, UK
2020 of flour and Earth, home-based, Coventry, UK
2020 Standing by the door, Coventry, UK
2019 Un brouillon et des ratures, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2020 DO IT YOURSELF, Text based mails on performance, Coventry Biennial, Coventry, UK
2020 #BlackLivesMatter, screen-based performance, Slanguages, FUEL, and Don't Settle, UK
2020 Uninterrupted forms of resistance, screen-based performance,Coventry Pride, Coventry UK
2020 Freezing elements of research, Coventry UK
2019 Framing/ Refraining fragmentation, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2019 Black Feminist Workshop, poetry and home movie, CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2019 Presentation of Framing/Reframing fragmentation, CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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
Black Lives and their pluriversal ways of expression Matter, CID Fraen Gender, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2020 Rapport au corps, SlagMag, UK
2020 my plot, my rules, The Garden Zine, Coventry UK
2020 of flour and Earth, Performance with 15 mo Eole, Collectif24, digitally-based afro-carribbean collective
2020 Breath, Be, Perform, visual arts, The Criposium, 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
Black non-binary co-parent
Trustee, Coventry artspace