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 ( 1947, Saint-Etienne)

Born in 1947, in Saint Etienne, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France


ORLAN was made Chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite and received the medal from Fréderic Mitterrand, then Minister of Culture.

ORLAN was made Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. The medal was delivered by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, then Minister of Culture.

Awards, Grants and Prizes

ORLAN received the International Award for Female Excellence from the Ministry of International Affairs in Genoa, Italy.

ORLAN received the E-REPUTATION Great Prize by Alexia Guggemos at Christie's in Paris, France.

She won the top prize at The Moscow Festival of Photography, Russia.

She was awarded the Arcimboldo Prize for digital photography from Hewlett Packard, France.
She won the Griffel-Kunst Prize in Hamburg, Germany

She received the Prix Mona Lisa and Prix Prix Lavoisier, France.

She received two grants from FIACRE for her research and residency in Chennai, Madras, India.

She received two grants from FIACRE for her research and residency in Chennai, Madras, India.

she received the Top Prize from the Bourse du Travail in Saint-Étienne, France.


ORLAN was invited by the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA (U.S.A) to participate on their Scholar Research and Residence Program.

ORLAN was also a guest at SymbioticA, the art an science collaborative research laboratory of the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia.

Oral was invited by the Getty Institute in Los Angeles, Etats-Unis, to participate in their Scholar Research and Residence Program

ORLAN was a guest at the ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program) in New York, Etats-Unis, sponsored by the AFAA (Association Française d'Action Artistique).

Main Retrospectives

ORLAN EN CAPITALES, curated by : Jérôme Neutres, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France.
ORLAN Rétrospective, curated by Alessandra Mammi, Museum of Contemporary Art, MACRO, Roma, Italy.
Autorretratos Hibridos, curated by Caroline Coll, Alliance Française de Buenos Aires, Argentine.

ORLAN-Techno-Body Retrospective 1966-2016, curated by Soukyoun Lee, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
ORLAN TODAY, curated by Sylvie Froux , FRAC Normandie, Caen, France.

ORLAN / Hybridaciones y Refiguraciones, curated by : Ricardo Arcos-Palma, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia.
MesuRages (1968-2012) Action: ORLAN-body, curated by Bart de Baere, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium.

ORLAN AAKA ORLAN, curated by Eugenio Viola, Prometeo Gallery, Milan, Italy.

ORLAN: Post Identity Strategies, curated by Eugenio Viola,Tallin Art Hall, Tallin, Estonie.

Le Récit, rétrospective, curated by Lorand Hegyi and Eugenio Viola, Musée d'art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France.

ORLAN, curated by Alain Julien-Laferrière, Centre de création contemporaine, Tours, France.
ORLAN 1964-2004..., curated by Regis Durand, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France.

Éléments favoris, curated by Jean François Taddei, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France.
Rétrospective 1964-2001, curated by Olga Guinot, Salamanqua, Centro de Fotografía, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.
ORLAN is one of the most famous french artist internationally known. She creates sculptures, photographs, performances, videos, and video games, augmented reality, using scientific and medical technics like surgery and biogenetic. Those are only mediums for her, the idea prevails and the materiality pursues. ORLAN makes her own body the medium, the raw material, and the visual support of her work. It takes place as the "public debate". She is a major figure of the body art and of "carnal art" as she used to define it in her 1989 manifesto. Her commitment and her liberty are an integral part of her work. She defends innovative, interrogative and subversive positions, in her entire artwork. ORLAN changes constantly and radically the datas, which disrupt conventions, and "ready-made thinking". She is opposed to the natural determinism, social and politic and to all domination forms, male supremacy, religion, cultural segregation and racism, etc.

Always mixed with humor, often-on parody or even grotesque, her provocative artworks can shock because she shakes up the pre-established codes.ORLAN won the E-reputation award, designating the most observed and followed artist on the web.
Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
October 18 - December 08, 2018

ORLAN, New York
September 12 - November 02, 2019

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Le grand détournement , Paris
June 27 - August 03, 2019

Tribute to Vicky Rémy, Offsite
July 13 - July 14, 2019

Guerre(s), Paris
December 18, 2019 - February 01, 2020

Solo Show (selection)

ORLAN BEFORE ORLAN, Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, France
Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Andrea Valencia, Mexico City, Mexico
Vertical Gallery, Daniela Hahn, Vienna, Austria

VideORLAN - Technobody, curated by Alessandra Mammì, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Italy
ORLAN EN CAPITALES, curated by Jérôme Neutres, Maison Européenne de la photographie, Paris, France

ORLAN TODAY, curating by Sylvia Froux, FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
ORLAN-Techno-Body Retrospective, curating by Soukyoun Lee, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Temps variable et baiser de méduses, curating by Carme Sais, Bòlit Centre d'Art Contemporani, Girona, Spain
Terapia dell'Ibrido, curating by Sabrina Zannier, Castello di Susans, Majano, Italy
Octobre rose, Projection sur la Tour Horizon de Jean Nouvel, curating by Gilles Drouault, Paris, France
ORLAN, Strip-tease des cellules jusqu'à l'os, curating by Emmanuel Cuisinier, Centre des arts, Enghien-les-bains, France
Temps variable et baiser de méduses, curating by Jackie-Ruth Meyer, Centre d'art LE LAIT, Albi, France

Pekin Opera facing design and augmented reality, gallery Michel Rein, Paris, France
Self-hybridations artworks with Mask of the Pekin's Opera, curating by Jooyoung Sung, gallery Sejul, Seoul, South Korea
L'origine de la guerre, curating by Syvie Zavatta, FRAC de Franche-comté, Besançon, France
Hysteria (Salon Hystérique), curating by Gabriella Daris, Blacks, London, United Kingdom
ORLAN: The icon of the French contemporary art, Guest artist of "Riga, European City of Culture", curating by Inese Baranovska, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia

Men sana in corpore..., curating by Pierre-Olivier Rollin, B.P.S.22, Hôpital Notre-Dame à la Rose, Lessines, Belgium

Hybridization and Refiguration, curating by Ricardo Arcos-Palma, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia
Carnal Art and Obsolet Body, curating by Ricardo Arcos-Palma, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
Pictures and objects from the MesuRages, curating by Bart de Baere, M HKA - Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
The Factory Direct, curating by Eric Shiner, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, United States

Un boeuf sur la langue, curating by Blandine Chavanne, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France

Bodies, Technology, Fashion, curating by Daniel J. Veneciano, Lincoln, United States
ORLAN Remix, Est-ce que vous êtes Belges ? Ou les draps-peaux hybrids, curating by Johan Muyle, Project Room | La Cambre | Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels, Brussels, Belgium

Unions Mixtes, Mariages Libres et Noces Barbares, curating by Caroline Coll Seror, Abbaye de Maubuisson, France
Self-Hybridations, curating by Annick Notter, Musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France

Self hybridation, American-Indians, gallery Michel Rein, France

Le récit, Musée d'art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France

Eléments favoris n°4, Artothèque de la Réunion, La Réunion, France
Pièce lumineuse (in collaboration with Philippe Chiambaretta), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Méthodes de l'artiste, 1964-2004, retrospective, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
ORLAN 04/04/04, Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours, France

Tricéphale, gallery Michel Rein, Paris, France

Eléments favoris, retrospective, FRAC des Pays-de-la-Loire, Carquefou, Nantes, France

ORLAN 1964-2001, ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Ceci est mon corps...ceci est mon logiciel, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Magazin 4, Austria

Group Show (selection)

This is not a selfie, Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, USA
Australia Tour, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill, Australia
Show Me Your Wound, curated by Johanna Schwanberg & Klaus Speidel, Dom Museum, Vienna, Austria
Bodyfiction(s) 3, curated by Paul di Felice & Pierre Stiwer, Cercle-Cité, Luxembourg
Wunderkammer, curated by Axel Vervoordt, Diane Venet Collection, Antwerp, Belgium

Middle Gate II – L'histoire de Dimpna, Gasthuismuseum, Geel, Belgium
Perfection, Science Gallery Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
In The Cut - The Male Body in Feminist Art, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken, Germany
Artistes & Robots, Grand Palais, Paris, France
L'art vous va si bien! Bijoux d'artistes de Picasso à Jeff Koons, Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, France
La photographie française existe... Je l'ai rencontré, Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris, France
Hybrids, Palacio de bellas artes, Mexico

Ouverture pour Inventaire, FRAC des pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France

Roll Up ! Roll Up ! An anatomical wax cabinet meets art,Deutsches Hygiene-museum, Dresden, Germany
MASCULIN / MASCULIN, Musée d'Orsay, curating by Guy Cogeval, Tobias G. Natter, Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann, Paris, France
Skin : Totem and Tatoo, curating by Osvaldo Romberg, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, Unites States
Les esthétiques d'un monde désenchanté, CAC Meymac, Meymac, France
Feminine Futures, curating by Adrien Sina, Consortium, Dijon, France
Metropolitain pavillion 3D Printshow, curating by Lucy Cottrell, New-York city, United States
Metamorphoses of the virtual, curating by David Rosenberg, K11 exhibition, Shanghaï, China

Ici, Ailleurs, curating by Juliette Laffon, Friche de la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
Talkie walkiy, curating by Michel Rein, gallery Michel Rein, Paris, France
Re. act. feminism #2. a performing archive, curating by Bettina Knaup & Beatrice Ellen Stammer, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain
Elles, women artists from the Pompidou Center, curating by Cécile Debray et Emma Lavigne, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
CODE NOIR. 30 ans de Shopping, curating by Lidewij Edelkoort et Trend Union, F.R.A.C Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France
International Woman Day, curating by Marina Loshak, Olesya Turkina et Natalia Kamenetskaya, Moscow Museum and Exhibition Centre the Manege, Moscow, Russia
La Photographie en France ; 1950 - 2000, curating by Alain Sayag et Gilles Mora, La Maison Européenne de la photographie, Paris, France
The Metamorphoses of the Virtual - 100 years of Art and Freedom, producer Pia MyrvoLD, Officina Delle Zattere, Biennal of Venice, Venice, Italy
The Artist as Jeweler, curating by Diane Venet, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, United States

Andy Warhol Museum, Factory Direct: Pittsburgh exhibition, United States
Art Public Liège, curating by Joahn Muyle, Musée de Bogota and Musée de Medellin, Colombia
Biennal 2012, Shanghai, China
Speaking Artist, promenade project, curating by Lorand Hegyi, Busan Museum of Modern Art, South Korea
Mois de la photographie, la Photographie en France de 1950 2000, curating by Gilles Mora et Alain Sayag, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
FIAC, gallery Michel Rein, Paris, France
« XXth Century Masters: The Human Figure », curating by Sylvie Ramond, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Elles : Women Artists from the Pompidou Center, Seattle Art Museum, Paris, Seattle, United States
Re. act. feminism # 2. A performing archive, curating by Bettina Knaup et Beatrice Ellen Stammer, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Danemark
Collective Performance, curating by Lauren Rosati, Exit Art , New York, United States
Liquids in Contemporary Art, curating by Marie Shek, Litvac Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israël
L'amour du risque; The tast for risk curating by Leila Topic, assisted by Emannuel Latreille & Pascal Neveux, Museum of Modern Art of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Re. act. feminism # 2. a performing archive, curating by Knaup & Beatrice Ellen Stammer, Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland
Man as Object : Reversing the Gaze, curating by Tanya Augsburg, Priscilla Otani, Karen Gutfreund & Brenda Oelbaum, Kinsey Institute, Indiana, United States

Dry baroque curating by Carmelo Strano, ACAOS Gallery et Villa Fortuna, Aci Trezza, Italy
Isole mai trovate, Island never found, exhibition tour, curating by Lorand Hegyi, Busan Museum of Art, South Korea
Le temps de l'action / acte 1, Villa Arson, Nice, France
From the cartography of power into the itineraries of knowledge, curating by Catarina Pires, Paulo Amarea, Sebastio Formoshino, Theresa Baumann, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Man as object - reversing the gaz, curating by Brenda Oelbaum, SOMARTS, San Francisco, United States
Tour de France / Florida Contemporary Artists from France in Florida's Private Collections, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Art Basel Miami, Miami, United States
Colères et pudeurs de femme, curating Diane Hennebert,Villa Empain, Fondation Boghossian, Brussels, Belgium
Iles jamais trouvées, curating by Adriano Berengo, Musée de Saint Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne, France
Sculpture'Elles, curating by Anne Rivière, Musée des années trente, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Beauty (cult)ure, curating by Kohle Yohannan, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, United Sates

Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, What Is Beautiful ?, Dresden, Germany
Palazzo Ducale, Isole Mai Trovate - Island Never Found, Genova, Italy
P.S.1, 100 Years - Version #2, New-York, United Sates
Laboratoria, (Hypotheses/Verification), Moscow, Russia
Unimediamodern, Bad Girls, Genova, Italy
EN MAI FAIT CE QU'IL TE PLAIT curating by Juliette Laffon, Musée Bourdelle, Paris, France

elles@centrepompidou, curating by Camille Morineau, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
La Force de l'art, Grand Palais, curating by Jean-Louis Froment, Jean-Yves Jouannais, Didi Ottinger, Paris, France
SK-interfaces, Exploring Borders in Art, Technology and Society, curating by Jens Hauser, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Le plateau, L'argent, curating by Caroline Bourgeois, Elisabeth Lebovici, Paris, France

J'embrasse Pas, curating by Eric de Mézil, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France

La Force de l'Art, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Into Me/ Out of Me, PS1, New York, United Sates
Autopoesis, National Slovakian Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

Superstars - Das Prinzip Prominenz. Von Warhol bis Madonna, Kunsthalle & Kunstforum Wien, Austria
Inside Out Loud, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, United States
Mirror Mirror: reflections on beauty, National gallery of Victoria, Melbourne National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Body extensions, MUDAC, Lausanne, Switzerland
Moi ! Autoportraits du XXè siècle, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, France
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
Making Faces: the death of the portrait, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Je t'envisage, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Les Dix Commandements, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany

Tableaux Vivants, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Austria
Art contemporain international, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico
Magazin 4, Vorarlberger Kunstverein, Germany

Fondation Deste, Athens, Greece
Partage d'exotisme, Biennale d'Art contemporain de Lyon, France
The wounded Diva: Hysteria, the body and Technologie in the art, Kunsthaus Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunsteverein, München, Germany
The self is something else, Kunstsammlung NRW 235, Düsseldorf, Germany

Biography and complete bibliography on
Sarah Cascone, "Provocateur Orlan Reflects on How She Went From Being Reviled for Her Body Art to Claiming Her Place in the Art World", Artnet

Laurence Devillers, Ariel Kyrou et Virginie Martin, « ORLANoïde robot hybride avec intelligence artificielle et collective », Editions Lienart, Paris.
Bernard Ceysson, Léa Chauvel-Lévy, Eli Hill, ORLAN BEFORE ORLAN, Ceysson éditions, Saint-Etienne

Jérôme Neutres, Shelley Rice, Tatyana Franck, Jean-Luc Monterosso, « ORLAN ARTISTE EN CAPITALE », Éditions SKIRA, Paris.
Frédéric Acquaviva, « ORLAN Exogène », AcquAvivA.

Domenica Quaranta, « ORLAN TechnoBody Retrospective 1966-2016 », Éditions Scala.
Moon Soon Park, Soukyoun Lee, Jinsang Yoo, Donatien Grau, Philippe Piguet, Imma Prieto.

Donatien Grau, Jackie-Ruth Meyer, Philippe Piguet, Imma Prieto, Domenico Quaranta, " ORLAN, Striptease des cellules jusqu'à l'os ", Editions Scala, Paris.

Inese Baranovska, Catherine Grenier, Dominique Païni, Jean-Pierre Rehm; "ORLAN, The Icon of the French Contemporary Art", Editions Neputns, Riga, Latvia.

Jose Ignacio Benito Climent, "El Arte-Carnal en ORLAN, hacia una estetica del sacrificio", Editions Devenir, Madrid, Spain.

Hubert Besacier, Alain Charre, Bart De Baere, Sophie Gregoir et Win Van Mulders, "ORLAN mesuRages (1968-2012) actions: ORLAN-body", M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium.
Ricardo Arcos-Palma, Nicolas Bourriaud et Michael La Chance, "Art Charnel et Corps Obsolète / Hybridations et Refigurations", Editions Musée Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.
Anne Morelli, Johan Muyle et Pierre-Olivier Rollin, "Est-ce que vous êtes Belge ? ORLAN", Yellow Now/ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium.

Blandine Chavanne, Christine Buci-Glucksmann et Camille Morineau, "Un Boeuf Sur la Langue", Éditions Fage, France.

Rhonda K. Garelick and Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Homi K. Bhabha, Michel Serres, Isabel Tejeda, Paul Virilio, Lan Vu et Faboulous Harlequin, "ORLAN and the patchwork self", The University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, United States.
Simon Donger, Simon Sheperd, Gianna Bouchard, Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Howard Caygill, Simon Donger, Sander L. Gilman, Markus Hallensleben, Jens Hauser, Dominic Johnson, Stéphane Malysse, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Catherine Petitgas, Simon Shepherd, Paul Virilio et Sarah Wilson, "ORLAN, a Hybrid Body of Artworks", Routledge Editions, London, United Kingdom.
Raphael Enthoven, Raoul Vaneigem et ORLAN, "Unions Mixtes, Mariages Libres et Noces Barbares", Editions Dilecta, Paris, France.

Paul Virilio and ORLAN, "Transgression, transfiguration [conversation]", Editions L'Une et L'Autre, Paris, France.

Joerg Bader, Lorand Hegyi, Marcela Iacub, Donald Kuspit, Peggy Phelan, Eugenio Viola, ORLAN, The Narrative/Le Récit, Éditions Charta, Milan, Italy.

Bernard Blistène, Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Caroline Cros, Régis Durand, Eleanor Heartney, Laurent Le Bon, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Vivian Rehberg, Julian Zugazagoitia and ORLAN, "ORLAN, Carnal Art", Éditions Flammarion, Paris, France.

Marc Partouche, Monographie CD-Rom et Papier, Se placer au centre du monde, ORLAN, Editions Jériko.

The Fearless Faces of a Feminist Firebrand

Hyperallergic - Anthony Haden-Guest

November 05, 2019


L'Oeil - ALM

November 23, 2018

Exhibition Solo Show: ORLAN AVANT ORLAN

ACTUART - Eric Simon

November 17, 2018


The Art Newspaper Daily -

October 25, 2018

ORLAN, autrement

Quotidien de l'art - Alison Moss

October 23, 2018



November 14, 2018