For this last episode of the French series, I had the pleasure to speak to Adélie Le Guen. Graduated with a MA in art history at the University of Rennes 2, Adélie is an art critic, an independent researcher, as well as the founder of the Artistes Manifestes podcast.
I first met Adélie at an exhibition of photographer Teresa Suarez, that I interviewed in episode 4. When it was time for us to say goodbye, I remember having followed her in the tube to ask her phone number: I had what’s called a friend crush.
Later on, during our friendship, I often found myself impressed by her degree of sensitivity, her high standards, and her honesty.
Passioned by the role given, and only much later reclaimed by women in art history, she focussed her MA dissertation on Swiss artist Heidi Bucher, through whom she explored women’s reappropriation of the domestic space.
In this episode, Adélie explains how she ended up working in the cultural industry, even though nothing in her family seemed to predestine her. Adélie speaks about her relationship with writing and the hard work it took her to forge a style that would have prompted people to read what she had to say.
We finally spoke about the reasons behind the launch of her podcast, and how the discovery of queer art has revolutionized her way to consider artistic categories.
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