Symposium Autohistorias


Mixed media

Symposium Autohistorias

Past: May 26 → 28, 2017

The Autohistorias symposium will be a moment of reflection regarding the role of arts institutions in a world tormented by nationalist polarizations, a world shattered by new borders and debates on identity that further separate individuals from one another.

Autohistorias will convene about 40 professionals engaged in re-writing art history. We will elaborate collectively a new shared narrative, building on a multiplicity of artistic forums (art spaces, schools, collectives, or events) and individual itineraries, focusing on artists who navigated through several cultures and intellectual spheres over the 20th and 21st centuries.

Together, we will look into how institutions and museums can best embody this diversity, while developing research programs and working jointly with a variety of civil society actors. We will question the production, classification, and dissemination of heritage, archives, and museum collections. Experimenting with teaching and knowledge transmission, Autohistorias will shape a space amenable to inventing utopias and alternative ways of life.

Free entrance upon registration
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Friday, May 26, 2017 (10am-6.30pm): Elaborating collectively a shared his­tory

With (among others): Anahi Alviso-Marino (political scientist), Antariksa (his­to­rian & co-founding member, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Andrey Egorov (Head of Research Department and Curator at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia), Kristine Khouri (inde­pen­dent researcher, writer and photographer, Beirut, Lebanon), Inga Lace (curator, Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia), Franck Leibovici (poet, artist), Morad Montazami (adjunct research curator for the Middle East and North Africa, Tate Modern, London, UK, supported by Iran Heritage Foundation), Franck Ogou (archivist and supervisor, École du Patrimoine Africain, Porto-Novo, Benin), Michelle Wong (researcher, Asia Art Archive Hong-Kong), Nikita Yingqian Cai (Chief Curator, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China)…


Saturday, May 27, 2017 (10am-6.30pm): Subversions and insti­tu­tions

With (among others): Mathias Danbolt (art historian and theoretician), Neil Beloufa (artist), Gallien Déjean (curator, Treize, Paris, France), Guillaume Désanges (art critic and curator of La Verrière, Brussels, Belgium), Vanessa Desclaux (curator, teacher, invited curator at La Galerie, CAC de Noisy-le-Sec, France), Géraldine Gourbe (philosopher, taking part in the program of La Galerie, CAC de Noisy-le-Sec, France), Sarah Rifky (co-founder of Beirut and founder the International Ressource Center, Cairo, Egypt), Sumesh Sharma (co-foun­der, Clark House Initiative, Bombay, India)…


Sunday, May 28, 2017 (3pm-6.30pm): Alternative ped­a­gogies

With and moderated by Françoise Vergès (political scientist, Global South(s) Professorship, MSH, Paris).
With Stéphanie Airaud (responsible of public programmes and cultural action, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France), Samia Amar (teacher), Kader Attia (artist), Eric Baudelaire (artist), Jean-François Boclé (artist), Marc Chebsun (journalist), Myriam Dao (artist), Véronique Decker (teacher), Corinne Digard (founder and director, Orange rouge), Yo-Yo Gonthier (artist), Rabah Haouchene (teacher), Timothy Perkins (activist), Omar Slaouti (anti-racist activist) and many others (artists, teachers, parents, educators, students and museum professionals).


This symposium is part of the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou. It is the highlight of debates and discussions that occurred in the context of the Autohistorias program that has been deployed in our two sites of activity; Bétonsalon — Center for Art and Research and Villa Vassilieff, over the course of 2017.

This event is sponsored by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and by ADAGP Society of the Authors of Graphic and Plastic Arts. The ADAGP manages the rights of authors working in the field of visual arts (painters, sculptors, photographers, draughtsmen, architects, …) and dedicates part of the fees collected for private copying to the creation and dissemination of works.

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21, avenue du Maine

75015 Paris

T. 01 43 25 88 32

Montparnasse – Bienvenüe

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • Neïl Beloufa
  • Franck Leibovici
  • Éric Baudelaire
  • Françoise Vergès
  • Emilie Renard
  • Anahi Alviso Marino
  • Myriam Dao
  • Sarah Rifky)
  • Sumesh Sharma
  • Antariksa
And 15 others…