Paul Bernard-Nouraud


Marcel Bataillon

Praris Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Migratory imaginaries. Study and critical analysis of the representations of migration dynamics in the Mediterranean basin over the period 2000

Paul Bernard-Nouraud is an art historian, graduated from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and a Aesthetics PhD from the School of High Studies in Social Sciences of Paris (EHESS). His research fields primarily del with the relationships between the memories of Auschwitz and contemporary art, which he studied in France, the United-States, and Israel. He also workd in different publications on the specific Works of Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, William Kentridge, Gerhart Richter, Oscar Muñoz or Ceija Stojka. He paid a specific attention to the uses of archives by contemporary artists, and is interested in the topic of translations in Art History. More recently, he dedicated his research to the representations of international migrations in contemporary art. Paul Bernard-Nouraud is the autor of three books, and numerous academic publications.

This research project focuses on migratory collective imaginations in the Mediterranean Area for the last twenty years (from 2000 to 2020). “Migratory collective imaginations” designates representations of migrations artists produced in the Mediterranean Area during this period. The perspective is historical, i.e. it studies how contemporary artists sollicitate or not previous representational models of wandering, of the boat, the wall, and the border. It aims to be a critical survey in the way it offers an evaluation of the novelty or, on the contrary, of the stereotypes that the artists are mobilizing, and the different publics they are addressing their artworks: the artistic and academic spheres, migrants themselves, the political domain, etc. The investigation’s development aims to be interdisciplinary since it studies both the production and reception of the considered artworks, and the sociocultural context it determines.

P. Bernard-Nouraud, 2021, “William Kentridge, Gerhart Richter, Klaus Mosettig. Trois notes sur le style archivaire”, Proteus. Cahiers des théories de l’art n° 17, p. 46-56.


P. Bernard-Nouraud, 2020, “Grand colosse endormi. Sur un dessin de Goya”, Tierce (en ligne).


P. Bernard-Nouraud, 2017, Sur les œuvres silencieuses. Contribution à l’étude de l’art d’après Auschwitz, Paris, Pétra.


P. Bernard-Nouraud et L. Jurgenson (dir.), 2015, Témoigner par l’image, Paris, Pétra.


P. Bernard-Nouraud, 2013, Figurer l’autre. Essai sur la figure du « musulman » dans les camps nazis, Paris, Kimé.


22/11/2017 - 34min 57s - Anglais