Julie Béna, born in 1982, is a graduate of the Villa Arson in Nice and attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie at Amsterdam. In 2012-2013, she was part of le Pavillon, the research laboratory of le Palais de Tokyo. In 2018, she was nominated for the Prix AWARE women art prize.
She is represented by Gallery Joseph Tang (Paris) and Gallery Polansky (Prague).

Julie Béna’s work is made up of an eclectic set of references, combining contemporary and ancient literature, high and low art, joking, and seriousness, parallel times and spaces. Comprising sculpture, installation, film, and performance, her work often seems to float in an infinite vacuum, unfolding against a fictional backdrop where everything is possible. Over the past years, Béna has developed a range of personal cosmologies in which she stages seemingly banal characters and objects that have enigmatic conversations and interactions with each other. From Pantopon Rose, a character taken from William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, to Miss None and Mister Peanut, a disembodied floating wig and the iconic monocled anthropomorphic peanut, Béna lends her characters a singular agency and voice—they are defined by what they are not.

In 2019, Béna had solo exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, CAPC museum in Bordeaux and the Amparo Museum in Puebla Mexico. Her work has recently been exhibited the the Biennale de Rennes (FR); Polansky Gallery (CZ);1646 (NL); C art C Madrid (ES); Bozar (BE), Protocinema (TR-US), or Chapter NY (US). Within the last years, Béna has staged performances at Centre Pompidou (FR); ICA London (GB); M Leuven (BE); Palais de Tokyo (FR) and Performa NY (US). Julie Béna is represented by Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris, and Polansky Gallery, Prague.

She also took part in many residencies within the past years including Fonderie Darling, Montréal; Futura, Prague; ISCP, New-York, Moly Sabata, Sablons; CCF, Surabaya; Rupert, Vilnius; INI project, Prague.

In 2017, she published her first book with Montez Press, called “It need to be tender and to be whipped”, launched in Paris, NY and San Francisco. In 2019, at the occasion of her solo exhibition at Jeu de Paume, her first catalogue is published.