Cécile Bourne-Farrell


Cécile Bourne-Farrell is well known for working outside the ‘white cube’ with keen interest on post-colonial issues, not only from the perspective of the colonized, but also from the colonizer mind. Her curatorial approach involves paying adequate attention to the context where she is invited to work. Since her childhood she has migrated through various boundaries. This constant motion is certainly not trivial, but acts as driving force. It is these cultural and social changes that cause confrontations and produce various forms of cultural diversity.

She worked for seven years at the Musée d’Art Moderne Ville de Paris (ARC) and has since then curated cultural projects for both public and private institutions. Active AICA and C-E-A member, she writes regularly for different media and publications. She served the committee of the NMAC Foundation/Montenmedio, Spain (2002-2006) and since 2006 is part of the curatorial delegation of L’appartement22, Rabat, Morocco. She works with Mari Linnman for the methodical implementation of new public projects in the suburbs of Paris and was the Spanish mediator for Foundation de France from 2002 to 2008. In 2016 in London, she was invited to initiate a residency program with the War Studies department of King’s College University with Professor Viviane Jabri, a collaboration witch took the multiple-form of exhibition and choreographic project called « Traces of War ». She was the invited-curator of SUD2017 triennial, doual’Art, Douala, Cameroon, her first project on the continent was called RondPoint an exchange project between the Fine arts Schools of Kinshasa and Nantes in 2002.

During her residency at AIR351, she would like to familiarize with the Portuguese art scene, on visual contemporary artists who are dedicating their works to post-colonial issues. She has been working extensively on the African continent since 2002, related to Francophone as much as British colonies. She is interested in knowing more about the consequences of the Portuguese colonies in Africa but also in Portugal. This project intents to bring artists and communities of citizens that can address traces, memories at the occasion of my residency in AiR351. Cécile did a “boomerang” residency, during from May 2018 to February 2019.

05.2018 – 02.2019
Residency periods
May 2018 (21-25)
September 2018 (4-13)
November 2018 (10-24)
February 2019 (18-22)