potrait of Clementine Deliss

Clémentine Deliss is a curator, publisher and cultural historian. She studied contemporary art and semantic anthropology in Vienna, Paris, and London and holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London. In 2016, she initiated and curated the Dilijan Arts Observatory, a transdisciplinary fieldwork gathering in a former electronics factory calledImpuls in Dilijan, Armenia. Between 2010–2015, she directed the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, instituting a new research lab to remediate collections within a post-ethnological context. Exhibitions she curated at the Weltkulturen Museum include Object Atlas - Fieldwork in the Museum (2011), Foreign Exchange (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger) (2014), and El Hadji Sy - Painting, Politics, Performance (2015). From 2002–2009, she ran the transdisciplinary collective Future Academy with student research cells in London, Edinburgh, Dakar, Mumbai, Bangalore, Melbourne, Tokyo, and Yamaguchi. She was the publisher and editor of the itinerant artists’ and writers’ organ Metronome and twice part of documenta (1997, dX and 2007, d12). She has held guest professorships at the Städelschule, Frankfurt, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, and at the Edinburgh College of Art. She has been a consultant for the European Union and is on the scientific board of the Musée du quai Branly. She recently curated three international roundtables on Transitioning Museums in South East Asia for the Goethe-Institut, and is currently preparing exhibitions for the National Galerie, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (March 2018), and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris (October 2018). She is a visiting professor at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris Cergy and a visiting researcher at the Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art, Paris. She lives in Berlin.