Born in 1992 in Levallois-Perret, France
Lives in Paris, works in France and UK
Claire Mead is an independant curator, art historian and feminist and queer activist working in France and in the UK. She is the 2018 curator in residence for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, coordinator for the Paris-based ‘LGBTQI Archive Collective’ for which she has produced cultural programming, and a programmer within the Parisian art organisation Polychrome. Claire has obtained her BA in Art History at Oxford University in 2013 and her MA in Curating the Art Museum at the Courtauld Institute in 2015.
My curatorial work centres mainly around artistic pratice addressing identity and gender. The use of queer and feminist theory allows me to develop curatorial strategies for the reappropriation of exhibition space, and to ask critical questions around accessibility, visibility and inclusion for marginalised communities within the museum. This approach not only consists in experimenting with an exhibition’s content but also to subvert its very format, by regularly working in collaboration with community participants through workshops. This research has also expanded into explorations around the notion of craft and its feminist, community-based and activist aspects as well as the notion of identity within art and science practice.
Guerriers,Polychrome (La Station, Gare des Mines)
La fièvre des Archives, Collectif Archives LGBTQI (Carreau du Temple)
CINES.X, Polychrome (La Station, Gare des Mines)
Intimate Displacements, Art Rooms Fair London (Mélia White House Hotel)
Au bout du fil, Culturia (Le Zaye)
Confusion of Tongues, Courtauld Institute (Courtauld Gallery)
Artificial Realities, East Wing Biennial