independent curator, art editor & writer

experimentation - exploration - exchange - transdisciplinary collaborations

sisume is the website of Clelia Coussonnet, archiving her curatorial and editorial projects.

Her current research revolves around the relation between plants, politics and power structures. She has been investigating how systems of meaning have been impressed upon nature, flora, and seeds throughout eras of imperialism, colonialism, and globalisation, resulting in the exhibition Botany under Influence + panel talk The Transplants: Human Influence on Nature, apexart, New York, USA (September-October 2016) and Leave No Stone Unturned [Remuer la terre], Le Cube - independent art room, Rabat, Morocco (2019). She also contributes an essay looking at academic, artistic and curatorial practices focusing on botanical politics for the forthcoming publication Theatrum Botanicum edited by Uriel Orlow and Shela Sheikh (2018).

Lately, Coussonnet co-curated with Claire Astier the exhibition, performance and night screening Au loin les signaux, al lou’lou’ held during the Heritage Days' week-end in the dockyards of L’Anse du Pharo –Chantier Naval Borg, Chantier Tagliamonte, GRASM and Chantiers Sainte-Marie, in Marseilles, France (September 2017).

On the editorial side, Coussonnet has co-developed the editorial project In/Visible Voices of Women, together with Missla Libsekal, which consists in five monographs of the artists Safâa Erruas, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Nicène Kossentini, Amina Menia and Zineb Sedira, with essays by Fatma Cheffi, Silvia Cirelli, Caroline Hancock, Nadira Laggoune-Aklouche and Michel Sicard.

She regularly contributes to magazines such as Afrikadaa, Another Africa, Apollo, CCQ, Diptyk, esse arts + opinion, IAM (editor, 2016), Ibraaz, Jeune Afrique and Ocula, and writes exhibition texts for art galleries.

In summer 2017, Coussonnet integrated the editorial team of the Hors Pistes residency program in Nuuk, Greenland – a workshop between international designers and local craftsmen. drift tongue, the final editorial project in collaboration with Clément Faydit and Alexandros Simopoulos, is currently under development (2018).

Her interests and areas of research include mapping and place, mysticisms, decolonial aesthetics, botanics, memory and its fragmentation, orality, sound-based artworks and rhythm, design and the universe of textile.

With Mediterranean origins and background, Clelia Coussonnet is specialised in Political Science, and trained in curatorial studies. Amongst other, she got invested in the UNESCO's cultural section where she curated Digitised Histories. Memories, an exhibition of previously unseen 19th century glass plate negatives from Uzbekistan, and she contributed to launching a platform promoting Caribbean contemporary art until she established herself as an independent curator, art editor & writer.


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