Annie Abrahams
Since the beginning
Works in Montpellier France

Annie Abrahams has a doctorate in biology from the university of Utrecht and a grade from the Academy of fine arts of Arnhem. In her work, using video, performance as well as the internet, she questions the possibilities and the limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions. She is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art.
She has performed and shown work extensively in France, including at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and in many international galleries including among others Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan; HTTP gallery in London and NIMk in Amsterdam; festivals such as the Moscow Film Festival; the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and the Stuttgarter Filmwinter, and on online platforms such as and Turbulence.
She teached at the university of Montpellier in the arts department. (2002-2005) From november 2006 to january 2009 she curated the project “InstantS” for She also curated and organized the “Breaking Solitude” and Double Bind webperformances on in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Besides doing her art work she lectures and teaches workshops.

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Angry Women / Men

Performance Angry Men November 17th 6PM Labomedia Orléans France



Angry Women / Men

The jewel in the crown of the show is the video installation ‘Angry
Women’,  created by Abrahams and 22 other women of many nationalities
(3 more , in fact, in total, 2 “backstage” assistants, and a performer
who opted for silence throughout) speaking about, acting out,
demonstrating, reflecting upon, their anger and its causes and
triggers,on webcams at their different individual locations and in their
native tongues, with the images being sent to a 3X4 grid, in a format
that Abrahams has made her own." Michael Szpakowski in a review of my show Training for a Better World published on dvblog

There you can also find two short extracts of the two Angry Women videos included in the installation.


Training for a Better World

Fri Oct 28, 2011 19:00 - Sun Jan 01, 2012

Sète, France

Personal show presenting 4 video works (captured webperformances), 5 reactualisation of texts from collective writing projects on the
internet and a book. All works have been made in collaboration with others. Some works need public participation.
Is the artist, Annie Abrahams, in training for a better world, when she appears on the invitation for the exhibition, "Training for a Better World", spinning around in a deserted landscape?
Maybe. Yet, the pieces she has presented to the Regional Centre of Contemporary Art were all done in collaboration with others. The artist does not show us what this better world will be like, she even says that she has no idea, but she insinuates that it will be built on multiple voices and the dissension between art and non-art, between politics and the a-political, between the common and the singular, and between the everyday and the exceptional.(1)
Annie Abrahams intentionally paraphrases Jacques Rancière when she says that "reality must be captured to make it accessible to thought". She reveals this often dirty, boring, banal, sometimes vulgar, and always fractured and multiple reality in her pieces of performance, video and "shared writing" on the Internet. And to do this, she has chosen to work around universal concepts: fear, anger, loneliness, madness, love, etc.
More information :
(1). The artist talks about it in an interview with Fadat Manuel, the author of Conversations with Claire Fontaine, Stephen Wright, Paul Ardenne and Alain Badiou, published in 2010 by Éditions Appendices. Fadat raises "the question of political and social dimensions in contemporary art." The interview is published by the artist and is included in the exhibition. The text of this conversation in French will be available from October 28 on lulu as a book, ebook and as a pdf (free).
With: Albertine Meunier, Anne Laforet, Bérénice Belpaire, Caroline
Delieutraz, Curt Cloninger, Eliza Fantozzi, Enna Chaton, Fabien Mousse, Hedva Eltanani, Helen Varley Jamieson, Hortense Gauthier, Ienke Kastelein, Inès Kchaou, Jan de Weille, Julie Chateauvert, Ka ReN, Laurence Moletta, Laurie Bellanca, Lizvlx, Lucille Calmel, Manuel Fadat, Martina Ruhsam, Nicolas Frespech, Olga Kisseleva, Olga P Massanet, Pascale Barret, Paula Roush, Sabine Revillet, Simona Polvani, Suzon Fuks and Ursula Endlicher.