Born in 1982
Hometown: Paris, France
Julie Béna is an artist currently living and working between Prague and Paris. Bénas’ work is made from an eclectic set of references, combining contemporary and ancient literature, high and low art, humour and seriousness, and parallel times and spaces. Comprising sculpture, installation, film, and performance, her work often seems to float in an infinite vacuum, unfolding against a fictional backdrop where everything is possible. Over the past years, Béna has developed a range of personal cosmologies in which she stages seemingly banal characters and objects that have enigmatic conversations and interactions with each other. From Pantopon Rose (a character taken from William S. Burroughs’ ‘Naked Lunch’) to Miss None and Mister Peanut (a disembodied floating wig and the iconic monocled anthropomorphic peanut), Béna lends her characters a singular agency and voice, which defines them by what they are not.