Hélène Baril is a Parisian based artist. After getting an MA in literature, she quit her job teaching French to study art. In Finland, she started developing a narrative involving racecars as characters. She is working with various media, including drawing, painting and writing. Her experimental approach is based on her interest in posthumanities, science fiction and new narratives. Hélène Baril has exhibited in numerous venues in France, Finland, Switzerland, the United States and Colombia. Her collaborative works have been presented at locations such as WIELS (Brussels), Cooper Union (NYC) and Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart).


Née en 1978 à Saint-julien-en-genevois, France
Vit et travaille à Paris

Hélène Baril
  Born 1978 Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France


Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors, (DNAP) EESAB Rennes, France, 2008
Resignation from teaching post at French National Education, 2005
Capes Lettres Modernes (High School teaching certificate), 2002
Master of French Language and Literature with honors, Université Rennes 2, France, 2001
 --subject of thesis: modernity and romanticism in 19th century French poetry


Summer Acceptance, with Summer Acceptance, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, U.S, 2017
After Cheese Comes Nothing, with Charlotte Houette, Villa Belleville, Paris, 2016
Arbol de Papa, Campos de Gutierrez, Medellin, Colombia, 2015
You are the last of the Cadillac, Museum Blue, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States (solo show), 2015
My racing car is a shell, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland (solo show), 2013
Side Show, Heiska, Hämeenkyrö, Finland, 2013
Tu vas voir en haut on a une super vue, Duplex, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013
De L’espace, Le Singe Iranien Regarde l’Espagne, galerie Standards, Rennes, France, 2013
Les Détectives Sauvages, galerie Standards, Rennes, France, 2012
Orlandus gallery opening, Arteles open studios, Hämeenkyrö, Finland, 2012
C’était Question de Dire, galerie Standards, Rennes, France, 2011
Argus, atelier du Pré-Saint-Gervais, Paris, France, 2011
Art Sauna, Frantsila, Hämeenkyrö, Finland, 2011
Arteles open studios, Hämeenkyrö, Finland, 2011
Novembre à Vitry, International painting award, galerie de Vitry-sur-Seine, France, 2010
Peintures, Maison de la Fontaine, Brest, France, 2009
D’un Château l’autre, galerie Sortie des Artistes, Rennes, France, 2008

The Truth About Sancho Panza, 2017 - reading at Carreau du Temple, Paris and ENSBA Lyon
Nobody knows my name, 2015 - Donna Quixote's Cadillac, Saint Louis, MO, United States

Turtle Island, 2015 - with Klima, a project by Georgia Kotretsos and Carolina Trigo, Paros, Greece
The Sea Theater, 2014 
 - with anthropologist Michael Taussig, performed at: The University of Helsinki / The Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart / Wiels, Bruxelles / Cooper Union, New-York / Haverford College, Philadelphia / NYU, New-York

SBK, 2012 - 2013
My racing car is a shellpart 1: SBK drives to Scotland, (with Laura Donkers at Outlandia Residency) / My racing car is a shell, part 2: SBK drives to Spain, (in collaboration with EACEC) / My racing car is a shell, part 3: SBK drives to Finland, (final show in Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä)

Argus, 2011- 2012
Argus II - I escape from Paris with my racing car, Paris-Lapland, with Karel Verbruggen
I escaped from the woods with a racing caran interview with the Motel Sisters (Australia), Finland

Summer Acceptance, with Sophie Lvoff and Sabrina Soyer, Chaumont sur Tharonne, France, 2017
Treignac Project with The Cheapest University, Treignac, France, 2016
Klima, a project by Georgia Kotretsos and Carolina Trigo, Paros, Greece, 2015
Campos de Gutierrez, Medellin, Columbia, Artist in Residency 2015
Paul Artspace, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, Artist in Residency 2015
Arteles Residency, Artist of the Year Award 2011
Arteles Residency, Hämeenkyrö, Finland, Artist in Residency, 2011


The Cheapest University, experimental art school, Paris, ongoing
How to Become, experimental writing, a Cheapest University program, Paris, ongoing
The Sea Theater, a theater piece, with anthropologist Michael Taussig, 2013- 2014
SBK, experimental roaming platform, initiator, 2012 - 2013
Arteles Residency, program coordinator, 2012


Make8lieve #12, “Fat”, online magazine, USA –Switzerland, 2017
How to Become a Body Double #1, The Cheapest University, Paris, 2017
How to Become a Lesbian #2The Cheapest University, Paris, 2016
Temporary art reviewreview by Amelia Colette Jones, online/Saint Louisian platform, 2015
Seachange, issue “¨Practice”, bilingual journal, McGill University, Montreal, 2015
Make8elieve #6, “Mountain”, online magazine, USA-Switzerland, 2014
Plus Jamais Seul, Galerie Standards retrospective album, HoloHolo publication, France, 2014
Caradisiac, online magazine, France, 2013
Make8elieve #3, “OIL”, online magazine, USA-Switzerland, 2013
Hämeenkyrö city touristic magazine, Finland, 2012
Arteles Catalogue, Arteles Residency online Catalogue, Finland, 2011


 Lancia Delta HF4WDpublic piece, personal project for Arteles international residency, 2011
 Octavius the Secondpublic piece, personal project for Arteles international residency, 2011


Artist visiting Lecture, South Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, United States, 2015
Artist Lecture, TR1 Kunsthalle (Tampere Art Museum), Tampere, Finland, 2012
Artist Lecture, Care on Tour, Voipala Art Centre, Finland, 2011


Representing The Cheapest University (experimental art school collective) at The Alternative Art School Fair, Pioneer Work, New York, 2016
Review of Fact or Fiction, an exhibition at Osage art Community, MO, Temporary Art Review, 2015 
Mini aaa, a meeting of anthropologists and philosophers, organizer and participant, High Falls, NY, 2014
Gardener in NewYork and Arizona, 2014
Greene Naftali Gallery (New-York) assistant during FIAC Paris, 2012
Arteles International Residency (Finland) assistant and program coordinator, January-July 2012
Bookstore co-manager, Librairie L’île lettrée, Paris 10ème, 2009-2010
High-School French language teacher, France, 2003-2006

Film production company assistant, Vivement Lundi! Rennes, France, 2000-2001


South Illinois University Print shop, Carbondale, Illinois, United States
Paul Artspace, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Arteles International Residency, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
Galerie Standards Expositions, Rennes, France

Private collectors in Helsinki, Sastamala (Finland), Jyväskylä (Finland), Berlin, North Uist Island (Scotland), Saint Louis (MO), New York, Phoenix (AZ,), Baltimore (MD), Johannesburg, Geneva, Paris, Medellin (Colombia).