Caroline Hancock is an independent curator, writer and editor based in Paris. Recent exhibitions include Becoming Independent, RHA, Dublin, Thinking Work and Working Thought, Biennale de Belleville, Paris, sculpturations at the Abbaye de Fontevraud, De l'émergence du Phénix, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
With On The Roof, she has co-curated work by artists from Africa and the African diaspora in Synchronicity in Paris and London, and Cyclicalities in Dakar.
With the Organe de concrétisation de recherches, she was involved in Houille blanche, Terre froide, which considered rural power, hydroelectric dams, flooding, local research and dialogue, at Treignac Projet, Corrèze. Appearance, Disappearance and Ouroboros is the next research manifestation focusing on cross-disciplinary potentials of magic.
She writes regularly on modern and contemporary art, surrealism and feminism, lectures on the role of the curator and exhibition history, translates from English to French and French to English. Language, research, connectivity and transversal approaches to culture, media, time and place are at the centre of her practice. In 2008, she was awarded the Joanna Drew Travel Bursary to travel to Algeria which began long-term research on art and culture in Africa and the Middle East.
Between 1998 and 2009, she worked in museums and galleries in France, UK and Ireland. Starting in Paris at the Centre Pompidou (1998-1999) and MAMVP/ARC (1999-2000), she contributed to exhibitions and catalogues such as David Hockney, Le Fauvisme, Douglas Gordon, Voilà! Le Monde dans la Tête. In London, she worked at Tate Modern (2000), aspreyjacques gallery (2001) and The Hayward (2002-2008) on exhibitions and catalogues such as Jacques Henri Lartigue, An Aside. Selected by Tacita Dean (touring to Camden Arts Centre, London; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea), Georges Bataille and the Magazine DOCUMENTS with Dawn Ades, Simon Baker and Fiona Bradley, The Painting of Modern Life with Ralph Rugoff (touring to Castello di Rivoli). At the Irish Museum of Modern Art/IMMA (2008-2009) in Dublin, she worked on exhibitions and catalogues such as William McKeown, Calder Jewellery, Elizabeth Peyton, Picturing New York. She curated a Lynda Benglis retrospective (touring to Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; IMMA, Dublin; Le Consortium, Dijon; RISD, Providence; New Museum, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles) and co-edited the accompanying Les Presses du Réel monograph with Franck Gautherot and Seungduk Kim.
Main image © Charlotte Moth