Llorens will introduce both her curatorial practice and her interest in touch and the social via two exhibitions, "Failing to Levitate" from 2014, co-curated with the artist Kerry Downey, and "We The Watchers Are Also Bodies" from the spring of 2017, both of which took place in New York. The first exhibiton project was an attempt to address failure in the context of social practice artwork, and the second was part of an on-going project on contemporary painting and its critical potential. Llorens' lecture will explore the impact each project had on her understanding of social practice, and how each evolved out of close discussions with artists over the last nine years. Llorens will specifically address the feminist and anti-racist critiques of how social practice is traditionally understood. Addressing these critiques requires a turn to performance and an attention to the haptic dimension of human experience, a turn which will form the basis of the work of students involved in the workshop during the rest of the week.
Natasha Marie Llorens is an independent curator and writer based between Marseille and New York. Her curatorial research is focused primarily on the relationship between violence and representation in contemporary art from a feminist perspective. She is also interested in the critical value of contemporary painting, and the ethical dimension of social practice in art. She has taught at Columbia University, the Cooper Union and Eugene Lang College, all in New York City, and is currently adjunct faculty in the Curatorial Studies MA program at Parsons in Paris. A graduate of the MA program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, she is currently a PhD candidate in Modern and Contemporary Art History at Columbia University. Her academic research is focused on the representation of war in Algerian national cinema between 1965 and 1979