Béatrice Balcou (1976, Tréguier, France) lives and works in Brussels.
Her works offer innovative sensory and emotional exhibition rituals that demand
thoughtful attention for art. Béatrice Balcou copies other people’s artworks and
takes on the role of ‘art handler’ and ‘art registrar’, as it were. She thus
radically challenges our relationship with art and the way art is produced.
To Balcou, an artwork is not a fleeting image to be identified or consumed
quickly. In her view, the essence of art lies in the way in which we look
at things, the time we take for it and what we learn from the process of looking.
She invite us to interact with the artworks actively, understand them, become attached, take time genuinely to look at them, and to become a viewer.
Selected press, interviews and essays:
Par les temps qui courent, interview by Romain de Becdelievre, France Culture (radio), 2019 (FR)
Les Objets de la négociation, by Émilie Renard, L'art Même#77, 2019 (FR)
Répétition et différence: répliques originales d'artistes, by Béatrice Gross, The Art News Paper, 2019 (FR)
L’économie des apostrophes, review by Camille Paulhan, Revue Esse arts + opinions (Empathie) #95, 2019 (FR)
Portrait, by Céline Garcia-Carré, L'ŒIL - n° 719, 2018 (FR)
Portrait of the artist as a long-distance runner (...), by Vanessa Desclaux, Zérodeux#78, 2016 (EN-FR)
Un Espace créé par trois pas en arrière, by Daniel Blanga Gubbay, L'art Même#69, 2016 (FR)
Devrim Bayar & Zoe Gray: Conversation with Béatrice Balcou, 2015 (EN-FR)
Béatrice Balcou “Walk In Beauty” », by Christophe Gallois, Traces n° 3, Casino Luxembourg, 2015 (FR)
Untitled Ceremony #03, by Eva Wittocx, 2014 (EN-FR)
A Restless Interlude: Béatrice Balcou at FRAC Franche-Comté, by Vanessa Desclaux, Afterall on line, 2014 (EN)
Béatrice Balcou, In praise of gesture, by Rozenn Canevet, Art Handler #01, 2014 (EN)
La Séduction du regard, by Septembre Tiberghien, Hippocampe n°18, 2014 (FR)
Chaque Chose en son temps, review by Florence Cheval, Le Salon, 2013 (FR)