Liv Schulman Brown, yellow, white and dead, 2020 Video 4k, mini-série en 4 épisodes 22.10’, 16.59’, 13,29’, 18.49’ min Liv Schulman Brown, yellow, white and dead, 2020 Video 4k, mini-série en 4 épisodes 22.10’, 16.59’, 13,29’, 18.49’ min
Two film producers, an artist, and an unemployed actor are making a horror film. Its protagonists are a group of neighbors who retreat to the basement of their building out of sheer enthusiasm for homebrewing and Tupperware, where they bring a monster to life.
With its cardboard set and its home-made costumes, this miniseries, is itself an example of such DIY entrepreneurialism. In work and brainstorming meetings, the male fantasy of perfect consumption gives rise to a giant leech who seduces the women and forces the men to question their sexuality.
Liv Schulman, 2020 Liv Schulman Sanguijuela, perro y arcoiris con mesa fantaseada, 2020 color pencil on paper 42 x 57,5 cm / 46,5 x 62 cm (with frame) Liv Schulman Eurropa, 2021 Video 4K 150min, sawed chairs, metal bars, artisanal paper, tennis balls, uniforms, iron, screens and video projectors Exhibition view, Crac Alsace (solo), curated by : Elf Turpin, Altkirch, France 2021 image © : Aurélien Mole
“Argentine artist Liv Schulman is known for making videos with narratives that explore subjects as diverse as the economy, the conditions of creation and the processes of alienation. For last year’s edition of steirischer herbst, for instance, she produced Brown, Yellow, White and Dead (2020) – a four-part video series addressing the phenomenon of the prosumer. In Eurropa, Schulman’s current exhibition at CRAC Alsace, the artist responds to Altkirch’s location on the border of three European countries: France, Germany and Switzerland.
For the show, the artist produced the titular, site-specific video installation Eurropa (2021), which imagines a fictional Europe after the demise of the European Union and the border-free Schengen area initiated in 1995.
Liv Schulman A Somatic Play, 2019 Video 4k, 29.25′ min
“(…) The basement conversation, in fact, started back in 2019 when I invited Liv Schulman to participate in the exhibition The knife without a blade that lacks a handle at CRAC Alsace. She exhibited A Somatic Play, which, continuing her body of work titled Goubernement, presented six stateless border agents interpreted by a single actress who performed the border through a series of questions, behaviors, and control techniques. A few months later, in spring 2020, governments kept us at home to face an uncontrollable coronavirus epidemic which jumped from one body to the next. Suspended free circulation, closed European borders, and a shriveling vital space. In France, this meant forbidding venturing beyond a one-kilometer radius and a one-hour duration. An experiment in self-coercion. Border agents without costumes but documents and forms.”
Elfi Turpin, press release Eurropa, CRAC Alsace, February 2021. In present-day Mexico City, borders no longer take place and are scattered everywhere, creating cracks in the social and commercial fabric of the city. A group of six customs agents interpreted by the same actress are placed on these invisible borders regulating the fows of anxiety, eroticism, languages, formal and informal trade. Liv Schulman, 2019. Liv Schulman Le Goubernement, 2019 Video 4k, series of 6 episodes 07.26’, 30.50’, 16.34’, 08.27’, 21.32′, 09.04′ min
This six-episode fiction imagines the destiny and work of women, lesbian, queer, trans and non-binary artists who lived in Paris from 1910 – 1980.
“(…) The result is wonderfully absurd. First of all, it is very funny, a chiseled writing whose punchlines we catch on the fly while browsing the exhibition. The g-films are next to each other, on suspended screens or in the room, in a scenography space partitioned by walls of clothes (those worn by the spectators) and seats invaded by sulky excrescences.
Liv Schulman, as we realized during the last edition of the Fondation Ricard prize, in September, of which she was the winner with her previous series Control, succeeds in the tour de force of making people laugh (and not snigger) while talking about art, philosophy and psychoanalysis. Most of these witty lines, however, are not unattainable without a target. Whether masculinity is a “Dadaist performance” (“MDF dicks, polyurethane dicks, recycled cardboard dicks”) and the avant-garde “the souvenir gift of a beautiful party to which one is not invited”, laughter becomes the Trojan horse of my claim to an inclusive re-reading of history.
Liv Schulman brings however a treatment looking as much towards the past and the repair as towards the present and the invention.
We know, among feminist theorists, the importance of unraveling the chronology, embodied in particular by Monique Wittig with the concept of “epic”, designating the circularity of the myth, or more recently, by Renate Lorenz, in that of “transemporeal drag”. Less evoked, however, is the materialist approach, also central to the work of these two authors, consisting in detaching it from the biological assignment (“woman”) to sort it out towards a genealogy of the socially constructed domination.
In Le Goubernement, the various episodes condense seven decades into a single present. In a cryptic way, a line from a logorrheic monologue points out the idea: “The singularity has never existed, it has simply found an imaginary form of regulation in several times. And the thing advanced from underneath like a vibrator. In women’s feathers, the soles of their shoes, and Tupperware instructions sold at home.”
To put it more prosaically, Liv Schulman looks beyond the biographical storytelling often required when (re)discovering forgotten artists of modernity. In doing so, she steps over the pathos of the small story and puts her foot down, unearthing underneath the personal trajectories the economic, social and ideological superstructures responsible for exclusion, the very ones that allow us to generalize and synthesize so many lives into a few ventriloquist spokespersons on the road to freedom – and trying to be free at all.”
Ingrid Luquet-Gad, les Inrockuptibles, septembre 12, 2019. Liv Schulman Le Goubernement, 2019 textils, platforme, acrylic resin, cables, pvc, televisions, projection Installation view, Villa Vassilieff, Paris 2019 Liv Schulman Le Goubernement, 2019 Six channel installation, flat screens, headphones, ceramics, textiles, expanding foam, enamel Installation view, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, USA 2020 Liv Schulman Le Goubernement, 2019
Six channel installation, flat screens, headphones, ceramics, textiles, expanding foam, enamelInstallation view, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, USA 2020
Liv Schulman Formal Economy, 2018 Performance, 23′ min Alt_Cph, Copenhague, mai 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYt1ZwHdn2E&ab_channel=LivSchulman Liv Schulman L’Obstruction, 2017 Video 4k, 26.03′ min
The film L’Obstruction centers around a character who constantly finds himself in situations of verbal and physical blockage. L’Obstruction addresses the impossibility of critical public speech and the subsequent anxiety it generates. The struggle with language and meaning is experienced by the character in the film – stuck between a strong intent and a delivery of mumbles and sentences – brings his sweating body and emotional state to an absurd point of crisis, pointing awith a biting humour to the affects conveyed by the current neoliberal context.
The bodies of the silent listeners join the city’s overwhelmingly desirable and literally hot presence. Their gazes, whether apathetic, intense or mocking (depending on our level of paranoia), add to the increasing temperature obstructing the speaker’s ability to touch the audience and deliver what he refers to as an important educational discourse.
Trying to make sense, he holds on to a broken speech navigating anecdotes about worker conditions and comments on economy, supply and demand, desire and politics. Sex plays as metaphor of the disruption: directly, through the unavoidable and comical presence of the monuments’ curves, their genitals carved in stone, the oversized calf from a copy of the infamous ‘David’ (that the character comes close to hugging), but also through the surrounding pulse of the city that parasitize thoughts with excitement, urges, images, and power.
Céline Kopp, 2017. Liv Schulman Control a TV Show : La Resistencia Taxista, 2016 saison III, épisode III, vidéo 4k, 9.27′ min
Control is a television series on art and writing in which a recurrent character, a sort of detective wanders between episodes attempting to establish new relations of meaning. Control is a mystery series, on the biggest mystery of all: one that can be led without an object.
At this moment, Control counts with three complete seasons. It was shot in Paris, Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata, Tel Aviv et Rennes. It is broadcasted in art venues and televisions.
Liv Schulman, 2016. Que Faire ?, 2018 Coproduction : Centre d’art La Galerie de Noisy-le-Sec et Parc Saint léger – Centre d’art contemporain 2 colors Riso, 80 p., 13,6 x 18,2 cm
In Que Faire ? a group of writers are desperate for ideas, or any way to salvage their work through emotions and private language. Locked in the Writer’s Room, or perhaps an empty workshop in their former employer’s office, their activity is as much a brainstorming session as it is group therapy or an innovative form of collective unemployment. A distant echo of Lenin’s famous political treatise, this new Que Faire ? tackles the question of work head-on when it is associated with the contemporary imperative of creativity. The title resounds with the force of a cry of distress: What to do (how to create) when bodies are devalued, reduced to a state of radical frustration and anxiety? The text probes the inability to know what to do when the inner life, the main source of productive work, is overtaken by nervous breakdown; in so doing, it also explores the plastic nature of language and the transformative power of the word.
Que Faire ? was originally a television mini-series written and directed by Liv Schulman in collaboration with a team of amateur actors. The print version of this series is the result of a collaboration with graphic designer Roxanne Maillet.
Liv Schulman Que Faire ? Episode 3 “La Fantasie” , 2017 Video HD, 33′ min
“Que Faire?” Is a mini-TV series in 3 episodes about a group of tv writers suffering from a severe writer’s block. Shot with a group of local amateur actors this project focuses on the exchangeable power of spoken word and its transformative nature. The group searches desperately for ideas, they look for a way to save their jobs through the use of language and private emotions. They go to group therapy, they lock themselves in the writer’s room and they live their collective unemployment in an empty studio of the former Company. In Que Faire? the power of the collective works as a lonely psychotic voice.
The city of Noisy-le-Sec where I have lived as an artist in residency becomes the ground of this fiction and integrates the inhabitants as actors, the activity and the municipal places of the city, gathering and re-inventing the notions of inspiration and creativity at work.
1-Que Faire Episode 1 “Le Realisme” Video HD 29′ min. 2- Que Faire Episode 2 “La Fantaisie” Video HD 33′ min. 3-Que Faire Episode 3 “Les Dechets” Video HD 47′ min. Liv Schulman, 2017. Liv Schulman Que Faire ?, 2017 textiles 4 x 7,60 m installation view : La Galerie, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Noisy-Le-Sec image © : Pierre Antoine
Liv Schulman relied on the practices of amateur actors∙trices, using different locations in the city of Noisy-le-Sec as settings for the three episodes of her series Que faire? She displaced these people in a dystopian fiction centered on the world of work and the figure of the writer. Their words (like her writing), jerky and in tense flow, spoken in turn by dissonant characters, reveal a collective psychosis crystallized around a common malaise: the lack of inspiration, the absence of desire, the relegation to the closet… “One for all and all for one” could be their motto, but it is a losing motto that sinks them into a collective stagnation with no way out. They will end up merging into one collective body in the exhibition where a heavy curtain gathers their costumes, frozen bodies, again prevented in their vague attempt to move.
La Galerie, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec 2017.
Liv Schulman was born in 1985. She grew up in Buenos Aires and lives in Paris.
After studying at the École nationale supérieure d'arts de Cergy, she trained at Goldsmiths University of London and at the Beaux-Arts de Lyon postgraduate program.
Her work was notably presented at the CRAC Alsace, Bemis Art Center, Fondation Ricard, the Rennes Biennial (curated by François Piron) or at the Galerie, Centre d'art contemporain, in Noisy-le-Sec (curated by Vanessa Desclaux & Emilie Renard), at the SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen ("The Obstruction", curated by Celine Kopp).
In 2019, she received the Fondation Ricard Prize awarded to her on the occasion of the exhibition "Le Vingtième Prix de la Fondation d'entreprise Ricard", conceived by Neil Beloufa, and presented a solo exhibition at the Villa Vassilieff (curated by Mélanie Bouteloup and Émilie Bouvard).
Liv Schulman is currently resident at the Villa Medici, in Roma, (2022-2023).
MARRÓN, AMARILLO, BLANCO Y MUERTO | Piedras, Buenos Aires
Eurropa | Commissariat : Elfi Turpin | CRAC Alsace, Altkirch
The Goubernment | Commissariat : Sylvie Fortin | Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, USA
An international subconscious awareness of capitalism | AplusA gallery, Venise
A somatic play | Art : Concept Gallery, Paris
Control a TV Show Season III | Centre Pompidou, Paris
Le Goubernement | Commissariat : Melanie Bouteloup et Camille Chenais | Villa Vassilieff, Paris
Comercio Interior | Laboratorio, Buenos Aires
“Los accidentes laborales” | Piedras Gallery, Buenos Aires
Nuestro propio pordiosero, Performance at Una fuerza Posible | Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
Our Private Union. Performance in the frame of the public program Lust For Dust| Tampered Emotions, Marseille
Formal Economy | Alt_Cph, Copenhague
The Night Shift | Zoo Galerie, Nantes
The Obstruction | Commissariat : Celine Kopp | SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen
The Covensky Method IV | Verbo Performance Festival, Vermelho Gallery, Sao Paulo
Control Season II | Big Sur Gallery, Buenos Aires
El Método Covensky III A prehistoric record | Matienzo Art Centre, Buenos Aires
El Método Covensky I A recess without reconstruction | Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires
Splendour | Museum of Contemporary Energy, Buenos Aires
- Chien | Galerie anne barrault – Paris | Curated by: Manon Haize
- The Baroness | Mimosa House, Londres, Royaume-Uni
- Drawing Now, Paris | le Carreau du Temple, Paris
- La Larva y el Pantano | Fundacion Andreani, Buenos Aires | Curated by: Mercedes Claus
Buffon & Carson (la Suite) | Galerie anne barrault, Paris
Le juste Prix | Commissariat : Bertrand Dezoteaux | Fondation Pernod-Ricard, Paris
Brown Yellow White Dead | Steirischer herbst ’20 : Paranoia TV, Graz
Tres Palomitas: Socially distanced lesbian cruising pre-warming for the upcoming world we want | Daad Galerie, Berlin
Le couteau sans lame et dépourvu de manche | Commissariat : Elfi Turpin | Crac Alsace, Altkirch
Une journée avec Marie Vassilief | Fondation des artistes (MABA), Nogent sur Marne
20ème Prix de la Fondation d’entreprise Ricard | Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris
The Fatala Momentet | Växjö Konsthall, Sweden
Perdon por ser Tan Sensual | Feria Ch.a.Co, Santiago de Chile
Vos désirs sont les nôtres | Commissariat : Celine Kopp & Marie de Gaulejac | La Tour-Panorama, Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille
Democracia en Obra | Centro Cultural Kirschner, Buenos Aires
The map is the Territory | Bregenz Biennale, Bregenz
The Empathy Performance at the Cut the Gap seminar | SMK, Copenhague
Sans bride, ni mors, ni rênes | Commissariat : Doriane Spiteri | Rennes
Buenos Aires Young Art Biennale | Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Tes Mains Dans Mes Chaussures #3 | Commissariat : Vanessa Desclaux & Emilie Renard, La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec
Incorporated! Biennale de Rennes | Commissariat : François Piron | Halle de la Courrouze, Rennes
Bienal del Pensamiento Paralelo | Commissariat : Marcelo Galindo | Buenos Aires
La menor Resistencia | Nora Fish Gallery, Buenos Aires
Performaton | Commissariat : Javier Villa | Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires
Un Mundo que se Acuerda a Nuestros Deseos | Commissariat : Camila Telléz | Mite Gallery, Buenos Aires
New Economy | Commissariat : Claudio Iglesias | Alberto Sendrós Gallery, Buenos Aires
Fundación Vairoletto | Commissariat : Lucrecia Palacios | Faena Art Centre, Buenos Aires
XIV National Fine Arts Salon of Rosario | Rosario
Visite Israel- Visite Palestina | Metrónomo Gallery, Buenos Aires
2022 The New Inflation, Video HD, film couleur et son 2021 Persona, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 5 épisodes, 16min, 1h 20min au total, film couleur et son Eurropa (Saint Marin, Monaco, Luxembourg, Andorre, Liechtenstein, Suisse), Vidéo HD, minisérie de 9 épisodes, 150 minau total, chaises sciées, métal, papier artisanal, balles de tennis, uniformes, fer, écrans et projecteurs vidéo, film couleur et son 2020 Brown, yellow, white and dead, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 4 épisodes, 22.10’, 16.59’, 13,29’, 18.49’ min, 1h 12min au total, filmcouleur et son 2019 Le Goubernement, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 6 épisodes, 07.26’, 30.50’, 16.34’, 08.27’, 21.32′, 09.04′ min, 33.25 min au total,film couleur et son A Somatic Play, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 5 épisodes, 32′ min, 2h 6min au total, film couleur et son 2018 Polis+Polis, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 5 épisodes, 38.22 min, 3h 19min au total, film couleur et son 2017 L’Obstruction, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 5 épisodes, 26.03′ min, 2h 17 min au total, film couleur et son Que Faire?, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 3 épisodes, 29 min, 33 min, 47 min, 1h 20 min au total, film couleur et son 2016 Control Season 3 (2016 – 2017), minisérie de 6 épisodes, 6.41min, 8.01 min, 9.52 min, 7.53 min, 8.31 min, 8.01 min,48.79min total, film couleur et son Assemblée Générale, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 5 épisodes, 38min, 3h 16min au total, film couleur et son 2013 Control Season 2 (2013 – 2014), minisérie de 7 épisodes, 2.42’, 3,02’, 2.09’, 7.38’, 2.52’, 2.04’, 8.28’, 27.75 min au total, filmcouleur et son La desaparición, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 5 épisodes, 59min, 5h 31 min au total, film couleur et son 2011 Control Season 1, Vidéo HD, minisérie de 7 épisodes, 5.20′, 5.48′, 6.31′, 1.16′, 4.21′, film couleur et son
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou
Centre National des Arts Plastiques, CNAP
FRAC île de france
FRAC-Artothèque Nouvelle Aquitaine
Collection Oxenford (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Collection départemental d’art contemporain de la Seine-Saint-Denis
Grants and residencies
Villa Medici. 2022-2023. It
Mondes Nouveaux. 2021. Fr.
Bourse ADAGP-Villa Vassilieff. Fr. 2019. Fr.
20th Fondation Ricard Price. 2018. Fr.
Premio Planta. Ch.a.Co Santiago de Chile. Ch.
Premio Bienal de Arte Joven. 2017. Hangar Barcelona. Es.
Residences secondaires Parc St Leger. Fr.
Mécènes du Sud. France. Fr.
Bourse regional PACA . Triangle France. Marseille. Fr.
DRAC Ile-de-France – La Galerie Noisy-le-sec. Fr.
Vairoletto Art Foundation. Buenos Aires. Ar.
Fondo Nacional de Las Artes. Buenos Aires. Ar.
Beca de Viaje Colección Alec Oxenford. Ar.
Les Inrockuptibles /texte de Ingrid Luquet-Gad https://www.lesinrocks.com/arts-et-scenes/les-5-expos-a-ne-pas-rater-en-avril-2022-460740-08-04-2022/
Art Press / texte de Catherine Francblin https://www.artpress.com/2022/04/28/liv-schulman-the-new-inflation/
El Flasherito http://flasherito.com.ar/
La Belle Revue / text by Sophie Lapalu https://www.labellerevue.org/fr/focus/2017/liv-schulman-paranoia-epidemique Zerodeux / text by Patrice Joly http://www.zerodeux.fr/specialweb/entretien-avec-liv-schulman7
Fondation Ricard / text by Marion Vasseur Raluy http://marionvasseurraluy.com/writing/liv-schulman-catalogue-fondation-ricard/
Künsten / text by Lise Grüner Bertelsen https://kunsten.nu/journal/liv-schulman-intet-er-entydigt/
El Granotro / text by Guadalupe Creche https://elgranotro.com/liv-schulman/
Les Inrocks / text by Ingrid Luquet-Gad https://livschulman.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/liv-schulman_le-goubernement_les-inrocks.pdf
Zerodeux / text by Guillaume Laserre https://www.zerodeux.fr/news/liv-schulman/
Frieze / text by Oriane Durand https://www.frieze.com/article/liv-schulman-crac-alsace-2021-review
Art Viewer / text by Elfi Turpin https://artviewer.org/liv-schulman-at-crac-alsace/
Centre Pompidou https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en/ressources/media/uB7lfMD
- Liv Schulman
Lokal-int le lieu secret, Bienne, Suisse
22 July - 22 October 2022
- Liv Schulman
FRAC Bretagne, Rennes
2 February - 14 May 2023
- Paris + by Art Basel
Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris
20 - 23 October 2022
- De Toi à Moi
Fondation Fiminco, Romainville
Curated by: Jennifer Flay
14 October - 27 November 2022