Romain Gandolphe

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artist-researcher in the Post-Performance Future unit, directed by Marie de Brugerolle at the Lyon Fine Arts School, France

born in 1989
lives and works at La Ratayrié, France


Fine Arts School (‘École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts’), Lyon (FR)
MFA (‘DNSEP’) – with high honors, 2016
BFA (‘DNAP’) – with high honors, 2014
Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montréal (CA)
Mathematics studies (FR)

Solo show

D'autres états me font rêver, La BF15, Lyon (FR)

Group shows and performances

Les Faits du hasard, biennale internationnale des arts numériques, Le Centquatre, Paris (FR)
The Bridegroom Suites, Playground Festival, Musée M, Leuven (BE)
7ème Prix de la Jeune Création de Saint-Rémy, Moulain des Arts, Saint-Rémy (FR)
Invitation without exhibition, galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris (FR)
Partitions (Performances) / Jeune Création, galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin (FR)
Ubique, les vacances immobiles, Glassbox, Paris (FR)
Festival Oodaaq, La Grande Passerelle, Saint-Malo (FR)
Double Trouble, Maison du livre, de l'image et du son, Villeurbanne (FR)
62ème Salon de Montrouge, Le Beffroi, Montrouge (FR)
Initiales/La Revue, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (FR)
Public Pool #3, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque (FR)
Salon Discret, MNAM – Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
Horizon (2016), MAGASIN – CNAC, Grenoble (FR)
Playground Festival, Musée M, Leuven (BE)
I Am Not Tino Sehgal, galerie Nahmad Projects, London (UK)
Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)
Artagon II, Passage de Retz, Paris (FR)
Festival of Minimal Action, Paris (FR)
No Reading, No Cry ! Open Graphic Art Studio – Museum of the city of Skopje (MK)
Hacking festival, Le Lavoir Public, Lyon (FR)
Enjoy queer and poésie, Online

Grants and Prizes

Laureate of Françoise International Competition 2017
Grant for Studio Installation, DRAC Occitanie – French Ministry of Culture
Moly-Sabata Prize, Salon de Montrouge
Partenaires Prize, Ensba Lyon


62ème Salon de Montrouge (exhib. cat.), Montrouge, Ville de Montrouge
I Am Not Tino Sehgal (exhib. cat.), London, Nahmad Projects


Collection FRAC PACA, fonds Livres, Editions et Multiples d'artistes
Private collections


Trouver son chemin – performance art workshop, for Notre-Dame Highschool, Grenoble (FR)


from December 9, 2017 to March 4, 2018 : exhibition, Les Faits du hasard, biennale internationnale des arts numériques, Le Centquatre, Paris (FR). (opening on December 9)

May 2018 : exhibition with Valentin Godard and Axelle Pinot, Maison du livre, de l'image et du son, Villeurbanne (FR)

May 2018 : exhibition - group show, galerie Mansart, Paris (FR)

May 2018 : exhibition Film as exhibition/Exhibition as film, BNKR, Munich (DE)


À la recherche (2017).


After science studies, Romain Gandolphe discovered art history in a fine arts school, through the narratives of others. Let us wager that this path left on mark on his artistic practice. Beginning with performances (hiding away inside a wall during a week, asking exhibition watchmen to keep certain of his works invisible, and going to California to look for the exact place of a historic performance of the 1960s), the artist began to recount actions and gradually perform his own narrative. Almost naturally, oral delivery thus became the main form of his work, taking the shape of narrated exhibitions, and narratives of forgotten works. Since then, have his words been the transmitter of an inaccessible experience, or rather has the experience itself merely been the pretext for a narrative? With Romain Gandolphe, nothing is really clear. Somewhere between a guided tour, a theater piece, a lecture, and a meta-performance, his art-loving narratives are like substitutes replacing their model, as one might describe a discourse that has become autonomous from its subject. For the 2017 Salon de Montrouge, true to his speculative and gambling nature, the artist proposes an early visit of the Salon, before the installation of the works. A narrative of anticipation in front of empty walls, with listeners only capable of verifying or invalidating its relevance later on. In so doing, Romain Gandolphe’s work is also a critical reflection about performance art, inherently paradoxical because based on an implacable “hic et nunc” (here and now) ,which de facto excludes most viewers. An art which, at the end of the day, exists solely through a clue, a trace and a narrative, and turns artists into storytellers… not to say hucksters. Is this what has happened? Not even sure. He thereby refers performance back to its problematic event-like essence “in the present,” and thus by nature elusive because always irrevocably missed. Barely sketched out, and already gone. A hollow practice—a default practice—which, through its multiple absences, would make desires and fantasies explode.

Guillaume Désanges


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see you soon, Romain