CAROLINE BERGVALL is a writer, artist and vocal performer. French-Norwegian based in London, UK. Works across artforms, media and languages. The recipient of many awards and commissions, her work frequently develops through exploring material traces, literary documents and linguistic detail, language and literary history, sites and histories, hidden or forgotten knowledges. Her sparse textual, spatial and audio works often expose hidden or difficult historical/political events.
Projects alternate between books and printed matter, audio pieces, collaborative performances, site-specific installations. A strong exponent of writing methods adapted to contemporary audiovisual and contextual situations, as well as multilingual identities.
Awarded a Cholmondeley Award for her poetic work (2017). First recipient of the art literary prize Prix Littéraire Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou (2017).
Books such as Drift (NY 2014) and Meddle English (NY 2011) have harnessed sustained interest and reviews both in the US and Europe. Meddle English has been translated into French as L’Anglais Mêlé (2018). Forthcoming Alisoun Sings (US edition, Nightboat 2019). Recent commissions include Oh My Oh My, Documenta14 (Kassel, 2017) and Conference (After Attar), Whitstable Biennale (2018).
Has performed at multiple venues and festivals such as: MOMA (NY), Tate Modern, Dia Foundation (NY), Pompidou Centre (Paris), MACBA (Barcelona), Southbank Centre (London), Festival de la Batie (Geneva), Louisiania Museum (Copenhagen) KHOJ Art Centre (New Delhi), Liverpool Biennial, Serpentine gallery ao. Installation works at Fundacio Tapies (Barcelona), Samtidsmuseet (Oslo), MOCA (Denver), John Hansard Gallery (Southampton), Norrlands Opera (Umeå)et al.
As a scholar and professor, she has taught in the UK, Europe and the US both in art schools and universities. She was instrumental in setting up the interdisciplinary Performance Writing programme at Dartington College of Arts (1994-2000) and has been co-chair in Writing at Bard College (NY). Mellon Fellow in Collaborative Arts (w/ Jen Scappettone & Judd Morrissey), University of Chicago (2016). Writer-in-Residence, Whitechapel Gallery (2014). Judith E. Wilson Fellowship, Cambridge University (2013-14). AHRC Fellow in the Performing Arts (2007-2010).
Awarded a Bogliasco Fellowship, Italy, Spring 2019. Visiting Professor, Kings College London since 2017.
Thank heaven for Caroline Bergvall, an artist and poet pushing the boundaries of language in a blogged-up and twittering digital world – The Guardian
Caroline Bergvall has emerged over the past decade as one of the most brilliantly inventive poets of our time – Charles Bernstein