Marion Grébert is a former student of the École normale supérieure de Lyon, from the arts department and the comparative literature section. After becoming a doctor in art history, she published a first essay in October 2022, Traverser l’invisible. Énigmes figuratives de Francesca Woodman et Vivian Maier, published by l’Atelier contemporain in Strasbourg. The book received the André Malraux Prize 2022.
Her career is characterised by a combination of academic and theoretical training and practical training. Throughout her thesis from 2014 to 2019, she carried out several professional experiences (lecturer in art history at Paris-IV-Sorbonne Universities from 2014 to 2017, intern-assistant in photographic conservation at the Musée d’Orsay in 2014 and at MoMA in New York in 2017). After obtaining her doctorate, she is pursuing her research through post-doctoral fellowships: the Balzan Foundation (Switzerland) in partnership with Paris-III-Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2019-2020 and the Terra Foundation for American Art (United States) in partnership with the INHA (Paris) in 2021-2022. Marion Grébert is also a graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Paris (2015). Photography remains at the centre of her approach, in the tradition of writer-photographers.
At Villa Medici, she wrote a second essay on the flower, considered as a figurative motif as well as a cultural object through history or archaeobotany. She traces a path from the gardens and frescoes of the Villas of the Roman Empire to post-war art in the twentieth century, particularly in the literary and cinematographic work of Pasolini, and focusing on the pivotal period of the Pre-Renaissance. The flower allows him to propose a certain history of Italian and European modernity, both artistic and political and economic, from a visual anthropological perspective.
This work is complemented by the production of a series of photographs in the spaces of the Villa, partly in collaboration with Pauline Von Aesch. These images will be presented at the end of the fellows’ residency.
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