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ORLAN was born on May 30th 1947 in Saint Etienne, France. She lives and works between Los Angeles and Paris.

From 1965, she has been active in photography, video, sculpture, installations, performance, etc. In 1977, her performance The Artist's Kiss during the FIAC in Paris was a huge scandal. In 1978 she created the International Symposium of Performance in Lyon. In 1982, she founded the first on-line magazine of contemporary art, Art-Accès-Revue, on France?s precursor to the internet, the Minitel. She wrote the Carnal Art manifesto, and from 1990 to 1993 she conducted her series of 9 surgery-performances, filmed and broadcast in institutions throughout the world, among which the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

She has had several retrospectives (selection):
M HKA Museum, Antwerpen, 2012
Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia, 2008
Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France, 2007
CCC Tours, France, 2004
Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2004
FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France, 2002
Centro de Fotografia, Salamanca, Spain, 2002
Museum Artium, Victoria, Spain, 2002

ORLAN has been featured in many exhibitions (selection):
In the USA: Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh ; LACMA, MOCA, Getty Museum, Los Angeles; PS1, New York; Bass Museum, Miami ; Milred Kemper Art Museum, Saint-Louis, Missouri ; Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska ; The Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
In Belgium : M HKA Museum, Antwerpen
In Canada: Art Gallery of Vancouver
In Italy: MADRE Museum, Napoli ; Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Palazzo Grassi and Palazzo Franchetti, Venice
In France: in Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, Centre National de la Photographie, Palais de Tokyo, Maison Européenne de la Photographie
In Germany: Kunst Museum, Ahlen; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Städtische Galerie, Karlsruhe
In Austria: Kunsthalle and MAK, Vienna
In Luxembourg: Casino of Luxembourg
In Spain: Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Contemporary Art Museum, Vitoria; Museum of Photography, Salamanca; MACBA, Madrid
In Switzerland: Musée de l?Elysée, Lausanne
In Russia: House of Photography, Laboratoria Art & Science Space, Moscow
In South Korea: Center Hall of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
In Japan : Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Selected press


Jeunes critiques d'art


June 2017



April 2017

Paris Art


April 2017



December 2015

Art Absolument


December 2015



November 2015

Art Press


November 2015



September 2015

Art Press


November 2014

Le Journal des Arts


October 2014

Paris Match


September 2014



September 2014

Le Monde

Scultpeur de chair

July 2014

K11 Artoid

New Media Creatives

June 2014

Le Nouvel Observateur

Hommes, femmes, mode d'emploi

January 2014

le Quotidien de l'Art

Les nouvelles technologies permettent un imaginaire différent

February 2012

The Art Newspaper

Face to face with ORLAN

June 2011

la Gazette Drouot

ORLAN telle qu'en elle m'aime

October 2010

Le Journal des Arts

Dialogues bourdelliens

June 2010

La libre Belgique

Les Draps-Peaux d'ORLAN

March 2010

Let's Motiv

ORLAN corps et âme

February 2010



ORLAN En Capitales

April 2017
Publisher: Editions Skira
ISBN 978-2-37074-052-639,00 €

TechnoBody Retrospective

June 2016
Publisher: Sungkok Art Museum
ISBN 978-89-962626-1-9

Icône de l'art contemporain français. Le Plan Du Film et autres scénarii

December 2014
Publisher: LNMN
ISBN 978-9934-512-44-5

MesuRAGES (1968-2012) Action: ORLAN-body

November 2012

Un boeuf sur la langue

September 2011

ORLAN, Unions mixtes, mariages libres et noces barbares

November 2010

trasngression transfiguration

April 2009

ISBN 978-E-35729-016-7

Le Récit / The Narrative

November 2007

ISBN 8881586523


November 2004

ORLAN, Refiguration, Self-hybridations, Pre-Columbian Series

January 2001

ISBN 2-911073-77-0

Est-ce que vous êtes belge ?

November 1999