Caroline Bergvall

  • Artist

Caroline Bergvall is an award-winning poet, writer, performance artist, and arts practice consultant, of French and Norwegian descent currently living in London. She works across art-forms, media, and languages. Projects include poetic works, audio pieces, drawings, installations, and live performances, which often push the boundaries of language towards difficult language-led political and historical events.

Shows/commissions include Tate Modern (London), Hammer Museum (LA), Fondation Vuitton (Paris), Fundacio Tapiès (Barcelona), Jewish Museum (Munich), Khoj Centre (New Delhi), among others. Her collections of hybrid texts include the trilogy Meddle English (2005), Drift (2011) and Alisoun Sings (2019).

Her ongoing cycle of site-specific performances Sonic Atlas (2016-2022) explores sound, place and multiple languages in conversation with speakers of minoritarian & prejudiced languages within the UK/EU: Includes the sunrise performance Ragadawn, the conversational Conference of the Birds, the online collaborative writing Night & Refuge and the nocturnal Nattsong.

For her poetic and cross-arts production she was awarded a Cholmondeley Award (UK, 2017), and the Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou Art Literary Prize (Paris, 2017). A former director of the innovative cross-arts writing program at Dartington College, and the recipient of fellowships of which the Judith E. Wilson Fellowship, University of Cambridge, Whitechapel Gallery, Gray Melon Collaborative Fellowship, Chicago (2016). She is Visiting Pro-fessor in English, King’s College London and will be a Kelly Writers House Fellow, University of Penn (March 2022).

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