Born May 30th 1947 in Saint-Etienne, France. Lives and works between Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

ORLAN is a permanent teacher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy. She is regularly invited by universities and institutions to give lectures and master-classes.
She explores different techniques such as photography, video, sculpture, installation, performance, biotechnologies etc.


1964 ORLAN produced a series of photographs called Corps-Sculptures, like "ORLAN accouche d’elle-m’aime".

1967 ORLAN started a series of Tableaux vivants (“Living pictures”).

1977 Her performance Le Baiser de l'Artiste (The Artist’s Kiss) during FIAC art fair (International Contemporary Art Fair of Paris) made a huge scandal and had a great success.
From 1978 to 1982 she organized the International Symposium of Performance in Lyon.

1979 ORLAN participated to the International Meetings of Performance at the Palazzo Grassi, curator Jorge Glusberg, Venice, Italy.

1982 She founded the first online magazine of contemporary art, Art-Accès-Revue, on France’s precursor to the Internet: the Minitel.

1989 ORLAN wrote the Carnal Art manifesto, and from 1990 to 1993 she conducted a series of 9 surgery operations-performances, called Images, New Images and The Reincarnation of Saint-ORLAN, filmed and broadcasted in institutions throughout the world, among which the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Sandra Gering Gallery in New York, the Centre MacLuhan in Toronto...

1999 ORLAN was awarded the Arcimboldo Prize of Digital Photography by Hewlett Packard France, the First Prize at Griffel-Kunst in Hamburg, and the First Prize of the Festival of Photography in Moscow.

2003 The Minister of Culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon conferred her with the honorary title of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

2005 ORLAN had an exhibition at the Miro Foundation in Barcelona and at the Kunsthalle in Vienna. She was granted a year of residence at ISCP in New York, by the AFAA (now called Cultures France).

2006-2007 She was invited as a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she taught at the Art College of Design. Her piece The Artist’s Kiss was presented in the exhibition Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the MOCA, Los Angeles, which then traveled to the National Museum of Women in Arts (Washington D.C.), P.S.1 in New York, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, Kunst-Museum Ahlen, Germany, and to the Museo de Bellas Artes of Bilbao, Spain.

2008 ORLAN dressed the “Louis Ghost” chairs designed by Phillipe Stark. She also worked on the recycling of her garde-robe with fashion designers Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Davidelfin for the exhibition SUTURE-HYBRIDIZATION-RECYCLING at the Espacio AV (Murcia, Spain), curator Isabel Tejeda.
ORLAN was given the title of “Golden Woman” by the magazine “Connaissance des Arts”.

2009 ORLAN’s work has been exhibited in major exhibitions :
elles@centrepompidou at MNAM/Centre Pompidou, curated by Camille Morineau and Emma Lavigne;
La Force de l’Art, curated by Jean-Louis Froment, Jean-Yves Jouannais and Didier Ottinger, in the section “Visiting Artists” (along with Daniel Buren, Gérard Collin-Thiébaut, Bertrand Lavier, Annette Messager, Pierre & Gilles);
and GLASSTRESS at the Palazzo Franchetti in Venice, Italy, curated by Laura Mattioli Rossi and Francesca Giubile, as part of the 53rd Biennale of Venice.


2002 FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France, curator Jean-François Taddéi; Centro de Fotografia in Salamanca then the Museum Artrium in Vitoria, Spain, curators Olga Guinot and Juan Guardiola
2004 CCC, Tours (France), curator Alain Julien-Laferrière; Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France, curator Régis Durand
2007 Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne (France), curator Lorand Hegyi
2008 Tallinn Art Hall in Estonia, curator Eugenio Viola

ORLAN participated to many Biennales of Contemporary Art in: Paris and Lyon, France; Venice, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; Poznan, Poland; Sydney, Australia; and Busan, Korea.


Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite (to be awarded)

Residence at Symbiotica, The Art and Science Collaborative Research Laboratory, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Golden medal ORLAN’S natal town Saint-Etienne, France

Bronze Medal of Saint-Etienne-Métropole, France

Scholar residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, USA

One-year residency at ISCP in New York, from the AFAA, USA

Honorary title of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministery of Culture, given by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Minister of Culture, Paris, France

Arcimboldo Prize for digital photography from Hewlett Packard, Paris, France

First Prize at the Griffel-Kunst in Hamburg, Germany

First Prize of the Moscow Festival of Photography, Moscow, Russia

Mona Lisa Grant

Lavoisier Grant

Grant from F.I.A.C.R.E. for a residence in India

«Lallit Kala Académie», Madras, India

Grant from F.I.A.C.R.E. for research abroad, India

TIME LIFE ANNUEL photography prize

Grant for the exhibition « Grand Canal Video, étude documentaire »
-n°2 « La lumière baignant les anges baroques »
-n°11 « Mise en scène pour un grand fiat »
Locarno Festival, Switzerland

Labour Grant
First Prize, Saint-Etienne, France

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