Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Lilou Vidal

Lives and works in Turin, Italy and Brussels, Belgium
Curator of the 2020-2021 Pernod Ricard Foundation Prize.

Lilou Vidal is an independent curator. In 2015, she founded the not-for-profit organization Bureau des Réalités, which is established in Brussels and works as a research, residency and exhibition space. She has worked as exhibition curator at the Kunsthalle Wien in Austria.

As an independent curator, she has recently organised a range of monographic as well as group exhibitions, of which This Is My Body, My Body Is Your Body, My Body Is The Body of The Word, at the art center the Delta in Namur (2019-2020) with Gianfranco Baruchello, Tomaso Binga, Irma Blank, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Ernesto de Sousa, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Karl Holmqvist, Derek Jarman, Ketty La Rocca, Hanne Lippard, Mélanie Matranga, Rory Pilgrim, Michele Rizzo.

In 2019 and 2018, she was guest curator for Guy Mees’ two monographic exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Wien and at Mu.ZEE at Ostende: Guy Mees, The Weather is Quiet Cool and Soft. She curated the first Belgian exhibition of the artist and editor Ezio Gribaudo at the Etablissement d’en Face in Brussels in 2019.

In 2017, she was also invited to work on various curatorial projects for gb agency in Paris, at the Galerie Gladstone in Brussels for the Pélamide exhibition, as well as on the exhibition cycle Displacement Displacement (Prologue & Part 1. Choreography and Mechanics of the Mind) in the exhibition space Independent in Brussels and at the gallery Franco Noero in Turin.

She often collaborates with publishing houses and recently edited various publications and monographies with, amongst others, Paraguay Press, NERO and Sternberg Press.

Since 2018, she has been leading a ceramics residency program called The Chemical Pleasure Garden (Viridarium Chymicum) in San Sebastian da Po in Italy, as well as an editorial project with H ART Magazine.

Lilou studied Art History at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France and taught the Actuality of the Arts at the National School of Visual Arts of La Cambre (ENSAV) in Brussels, Belgium. She is also guest lecturer at HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) in Gand. As a member of the CNAP (National Center for Fine Arts) in Paris and the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), she also often partakes in lecture programs, conferences and juries for art institutions and schools.

Lilou Vidal last activities at the foundation