Claire Tancons

Trained as a curator and art historian, Claire Tancons practices curating as an expanded creative field and experiments with the political aesthetics of walking, marching, second lining, masquerading and parading. Tancons has curated for established and emerging international biennials including Prospect New Orleans (2008-09); the Gwangju Biennale (2008); the Cape Town Biennial (2009); Biennale Bénin (2012); and the Göteborg Biennial (2013), and was a guest curator for the BMW Tate Live Series at Tate Modern (2014.) She is the co-recipient of a 2012 Emily Hall Tremaine Award for EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean (2014-16). Currently, Tancons is a curator for the first biennial edition of Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse, France, and the artistic director of the opening processional performance of Faena Forum Miami Beach (both in Fall 2016) for which she is directing processional performances that have become the hallmark of her practice. Born in Guadeloupe, she is based in New Orleans and works in situ. Photo: © Nicola Bustreo, 2013

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