2:57 min., Video. Produced and directed by ORLAN.
3:11 min. Video. Produced and directed by ORLAN.
2:32 min. Video. Produced and directed by ORLAN.
28:32 min. 3D Video. Produced and directed by ORLAN.
ORLAN (name in all caps as per the artist’s request) is an innovative conceptual artist. She is active since the seventies and gained the reputation of a controversial and provocative artist-celebrity. She reached fame after publishing a series of performance works broadcasting worldwide plastic surgeries she underwent. During those surgeries she had cheekbone implants inserted into her forehead, to challenge established beauty ideals.
Orlan is using her body and face as a new artistic medium, structuring and restructuring her image till it is formed into a hybrid artwork. She works with traditional mediums as well as contemporary technologies such as augmented reality, AI, and robotics. She uses medicinal techniques such as plastic surgery and biotechnology to transform her image while exploring social phenomena such as identity search and the perception of beauty.
ORLAN’s artworks challenge social constructs, question social phenomena, and deregulate conventions. She opposes natural, social, and political determinism, all forms of domination, male supremacy, religion, cultural segregation, and racism, while using humor, parody, and even the grotesque.
ORLAN is one of the most important French artists internationally recognized.
She is not tied to any one material, technology or artistic practice. She uses sculpture, photography,
performance, video, 3D, video games, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and robotics (she has
created a robot in her own image that speaks with her voice) as well as scientific and medical techniques such as surgery and biotechnology… to question the social phenomena of our time.
ORLAN created the magazine Art-Accès Revue on minitel
ORLAN founded and organised the International Symposium of Performance and Video in
ORLAN constantly and radically changes the data, deregulating conventions and ready-made thinking.
She opposes natural, social and political determinism, all forms of domination, male supremacy, religion, cultural segregation, racism… Always mixed with humour, sometimes parody or even grotesque, her work questions social phenomena and challenges pre-established codes.
‘Pekin Opera Facing Design and Augmented Reality’ | Solo exhibition at Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Nira Itzhaki
ORLAN exhibits at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art des Abattoirs in Toulouse to
present her Manifeste ORLAN, Corps et Sculptures.
ORLAN presents at the Picasso Museum in Paris, Les femmes qui pleurent sont en colère.
ORLAN writes her autobiography “ORLAN, STRIP-TEASE: TOUT SUR MA VIE, TOUT SUR MON
ART” published by Gallimard.
ORLAN received the François Morellet Prize for this autobiography.
ORLAN is honoured with the medal of the National Order of the Legion of Honour at the rank of
Chevalière by Minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin.
ORLAN is honoured with the special Woman of the Year Award, given by Prince Albert II of Monaco
and she is appointed Professor Emeritus of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
ORLAN is awarded the Golden Panda Photography Awards by the Chengou Award Image
ORLAN received the 100 Heroines Award by The Royal Photographic Society.
ORLAN was awarded the Female Excellence Award for all her work as an artist by the Italian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ORLAN was awarded the E-reputation prize, designating the most observed and commented on
artist on the web.
ORLAN had the honour of being invited to a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los
Angeles, USA, as a researcher and artist.
she was honoured with the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the Minister
of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand.
ORLAN was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture Jean Jacques Aillagon.
she created the « Baiser de l’artiste »
Chelouche Gallery is one of the most prominent and leading galleries in Israel. Located in Tel Aviv, Chelouche Gallery maintains its primacy by presenting a large variety of works, ranging from video art to sculpture, painting, installation and photography. Since its inception, the gallery has been promoting an international and local exhibition program, in collaboration with curators and artists from Israel and around the world, placing itself one step ahead in the Israeli contemporary art scene.