Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro is a curator, artist and environmental engineer. He lives and works between Paris and London. His transdisciplinary practice develops collective forms of action and education in relation to the socio-ecological mutations of territories.
His work has been presented at the ZKM Karlsruhe, the Taipei Biennale, the Oslo Triennial and in various international institutions. In 2018, in Dakar, he has initiated in collaboration with the artist Hamedine Kane l'École des Mutants, a collaborative art and research platform on education and political utopia in a postcolonial context.
Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro is fascinated by millet and other "small grains": for him, these forgotten cereals, discarded by techno-scientific modernity, embody a continuous resistance to homogenization, imperialism and patriarchal oppression. It is also a resilient plant that, in an increasingly dry and unstable climate, could play a key role in the future of agriculture and enhance food sovereignty. Advocating alternative worldviews, his project attempts to develop an agrocosmology of millet, in connection with peasant communities concerned with their survival. Based on an in-depth investigation by interviews and with archives of specialised institutions, his project will include a plastic creation, somatic research and a dinner-performance.