27th November 2019 - Violette and co
Reading of Béatrice Cussol

Reading of Béatrice Cussol for the publication of her novel Ecrire ou partir followed by her monograph Eponyme


Béatrice Cussol continues her poetic epic and proposes a novel or rather an open writing experience where the critique of the novel led her. The cruel strangeness of the artist’s plastic work finds its implacable echo here, in an epic that distorts and sharpens the writing of her deconstructed language.
After Merci (2000), Pompon (2001), Diane? (2003), Sinon (2007) and Les Souffleuses (2009), Béatrice Cussol returns to the experimental novel. Each sentence contributes to this in its disturbing unpredictability, curious improprieties, slippages, dislocations, displacements that disturb it, giving to the language a glib lesson of contemporaneity and an ironic twist that vaporizes the story. Here everything is devious, unstable, neological, adventurous, listening to the repressed like the angers.
Ecrire ou partir was published by Le Printemps de septembre.


A graduate of the Villa Arson in Nice in 1993, Béatrice Cussol lives and works in Malakoff. Well known for her figurative drawings that stage women in dreamlike realms thwarting feminine clichés (witches, eroticism, etc.), she has also published five books with Éditions Léo Scheer. Present in Swiss and French public collections, her work has been the subject of monographic (Villa Arson, Nice; Mamco, Geneva; Centre d’art de Neuchâtel, etc.) and collective exhibitions  (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart; Musée des Beaux-arts de Dôle; Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon; Centre d’art La Criée, Rennes, etc., as well as at the Pavillon Blanc in Colomiers within the framework of Le Printemps de Septembre in 2016). She was a resident of the Villa Médicis from 2009 to 2010 and currently teaches at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.​