• Nadia Capitaine, France

Nadia Capitaine, France


Nadia Capitaine is a French performance artist and co-founder of Infr’Action Sète France – Festival International d’Art Performance. From this six year long experience of close contact to other artists she has developed an individual expression and an experimentation in performance art.

She has presented performances in France, Sweden, Italy, Germany and Singapore. Nadia Capitaines’ background as a daughter of Algerian (Kabylian) immigrants in the suburbs of Paris permeats her performance work as a whole. Her performances are impregnated with images and objects, as well as actions referring to her double culture. Whether it is in relation to rituals, religion, gender or for that matter cooking. Activity is the principal point of reference. But also multi-cultural issues of how to exist in between two cultures. In the no-mans land of the colonizer and the colonized, of rasism and liberation, of oppression and resistance. Capitaine‘s work is not only dealing with polical and social issues like neo-colonial identity, gender and muslim culture, the repression of the Kabylian culture in North Africa, or for that mater radical protest. She is primarily working with the live image of her own body and with actions as a non-discursive and non-hierarchic poetry, where nothing is scenographed or told. Where the live image is present or absent, where the absence is as important as what you see. There is never an ounce of spectacle in Capitaine’s performances, but rather images from life invented, reinvented, appropriated, inserted, deturned or simply purely created. Although the symbols and the significations are manifold her performances are yet simple and human.