Claire Tancons is a curator and scholar invested in the discourse and practice of the postcolonial politics of production and exhibition. Tancons’ independent vision has been supported by an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship (2008), a Prince Claus Fund Artistic Production Grant (2009), and two Curatorial Research Fellowships from the Foundation for Art Initiatives (2007, 2009).
She has curated for established and emerging international biennials including Prospect New Orleans (2008), the Gwangju Biennale (2008), the Cape Town Biennial (2009), Biennale Bénin (2012), and the Göteborg Biennial (2013). Other curatorial highlights include En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award-winning traveling curatorial platform (2014–present); Up Hill Down Hall, a BMW Tate Live commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall (2014); and Tide by Side, the opening ceremony of Faena Art’s Miami Beach district (2016).
Tancons was recently the Artistic Director of etcetera: a civic ritual for Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse (2017), and is currently a curator for the Origins Season of the National Sawdust in New York (2017–18) and co-curator of the first edition of Tout-Monde, a festival of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for the arts of the Caribbean in Miami (2018–19).
(From press information. Photo: Nicola Bustreo)
Opening in March 2019
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Leaving the Echo Chamber
Journey Beyond The Arrow
Curated by Zoe Butt
Making New Time
Curated by Omar Kholeif
Look for Me All Around You
Curated by Claire Tancons
President and Director of the
Sharjah Art Foundation: Hoor Al Qasimi