Residency

Mathilde Walker Billaud

Curator
The World Is Gone, I Must Carry You, installation view of the exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall Museum, Stocklholm, Sweden, September 2nd to November 1st, 2020, curated by Mathilde Walker-Billaud. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger, 2020
Itinerant Women, visual lecture and performance by Nathalie Léger at Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, Jan 23rd 2020, curated by Mathilde Walker-Billaud as part of the series “Women in Public.” Photo: Abby Lord.
WHAT THE GREEKS CALL ---- film program, performance and discussion at Anthology Film Archives, New York City, Dec. 2nd 2019, as part of Flaherty NYC Fall 2019: Surface Knowledge, co-curated by Courtney Stephens and Mathilde Walker-Billaud. (L.R: Mathilde Walker-Billaud, Ellie Ga and Felipe Meres). Photo: Abby Lord.
WHAT THE GREEKS CALL---- film program, performance and discussion at Anthology Film Archives, New York City, Dec. 2nd 2019, as part of Flaherty NYC Fall 2019: Surface Knowledge, co-curated by Courtney Stephens and Mathilde Walker-Billaud. (Ellie Ga). Photo: Abby Lord.
this is the no thing that we are, installation view of the exhibition, at Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, April 7th-May 26th 2019. Master’s thesis exhibition curated by Mathilde Walker-Billaud. Photo: Chris Kendall 2019.
this is the no thing that we are, installation view of the exhibition, at Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, April 7th-May 26th 2019. Master’s thesis exhibition curated by Mathilde Walker-Billaud. Photo: Chris Kendall 2019.
The Following Scenes will be Deleted, performance and lecture by Radha May and Elisa Giardina Papa, at UnionDocs, Brooklyn, Nov 18th 2017, as part of the screening and talk series What You Get Is What You See, curated by Mathilde Walker-Billaud.
Photo by Abby Lord

With a focus on writing, performance and media-based practices, Mathilde Walker Billaud’s curatorial projects grapple with Western systems of representation and knowledge. She has studied and collaborated with different contemporary artists, filmmakers, performers and writers – such as Nora Chipaumire, Ellie Ga, Nathalie Léger, Susan Hiller, Bethan Huws, Sky Hopinka, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Gala Porras-Kim, Courtney Stephens, Krista Belle Stewart— who materialize in their practices critical and alternative modes of narration, appearance and perception against authoritarian and institutional claims of objectivity and truth. As she investigates the aesthetics and politics of erasure, Walker-Billaud’s approach to curating underlines the crucial role of language, process, seriality and versatility in contemporary art making, moving beyond traditional media, venues and theoretical perspectives, as well as crossing multiple times, geographies and experiences.

Walker-Billaud is a curator and cultural producer based in New York City. She held positions as Assistant Editor at the National Centre for Dance, Program Director at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, Program Coordinator at Villa Gillet (NYC festival “Walls and Bridges”), Workshop Curator at UnionDocs, and Creative Manager at company nora chipaumire. She organized lectures, screenings, and performances in various institutions including Bard College, Colgate University, UnionDocs, Triangle Arts, Anthology Film Archives and the Metrograph (Flaherty NYC). Between 2014 and 2019, she programmed and hosted the screening and lecture series on spectatorship “What You Get Is What You see” (Jace Clayton, Ilana Harris-Babou, Elisa Gardina Papa, Martha Rosler, Luc Sante and more) at UnionDocs. Her most recent projects are the film series “2019 Fall Flaherty NYC: Surface Knowledge,” the interdisciplinary program “Women in Public” and the BKH Curator Award 2020 exhibition The World Is Gone, I Must Carry You at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (with Susan Hiller, Sky Hopinka, Bethan Huws, Gala Porras-Kim and Krista Belle Stewart). Her writing and voice have appeared in BOMB Magazine, ART PAPERS, Cinema Camp Festival 2020 and the podcast Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything. She received an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in 2019.

At AiR 351, Walker-Billaud will continue her investigation into language and voice, and extend her interest in inaudibility by looking at the practice of cryptography in Western art in the 1970’s and later. She will examine the work of Susan Hiller and some of her contemporaries who pushed the limits of communication in their writing-based drawings, collages, paintings, videos and performances. Here quiet actions of sounding and listening will be considered as disruptions into the dominant structures of readability, audibility and legibility, composing emancipatory forms of visibility and addresses. Walker-Billaud’s research curatorial project will therefore expand and revisit the overlooked connections between conceptualism, sound practice and feminism.

Date
05.2021 – 06.2021
SUPPORT
Direção-Geral das Artes (DGARTES)
dgartes.gov.pt
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