After graduating from Applied Arts, Agnes Dahan delved into the world of contemporary dance with creators such as Boris Charmatz, Catherine Contour and Alain Michard. Initially taking an interdisciplinary approach through photography, illustration, writing and design, her productions progressively became centered on graphic design. Her work will always have an affinity for dance, theater and live performance.
Her graphic identity was forged through her projects. The singularity of her productions is the result of the privileged relationships she establishes with the people she encounters. Her rigorous approach, acquired from the graphic artist and editor Xavier Barral, confirms her intuition to think of the printed object as a domain of esthetic and spacial investigation. The "Beau Livre" – alchemy of technical possibilities and graphic inventions, between style and content – has become her chosen field.
A genuine appreciation for Swiss graphics and the esthetic research of the Bauhaus movement is seen in the typographic rigor of her layouts, her sharp use of color and her investigation into the essence of a shape or a form. The resulting expression, well-structured and illuminated, gives her work a particular depth. In 2008 she was awarded the prize of Plus Beaux-Livres Français, for the book that she composed for the choreographer Angelin Preljocaj ("Topology of the Invisible"), a book-object marked by rhythm, space and movement.
The Studio that she founded in 2004 is now opening up into other fields, such as signage and exposition design, and is now active in the contemporary art scene especially alongside the curator and critic Chantal Pontbriand. The interdisciplinary entourage that results from her various encounters is the strength of teams that the studio reunites for the unique following of each project.
Agnès Dahan, artistic director and free-lance graphic designer lives and works in Paris. After attending the École Normale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré (Paris) and then the École Normale Supérieure in Cachan, Agnès Dahan obtained a Master’s degree in Modern Dance at the University of Paris III. She worked with choreographers such as Boris Charmatz, Catherine Contour and Alain Michard. Initially taking an interdisciplinary approach through photography, illustration, writing and design, her work progressively became centered on graphic design. In 2003 she joined the agency Atalante-Paris as free-lance artistic director for one year. During this period, she worked for the publisher Xavier Barral, the Théâtre du Rond Point (Paris), the Opera de Paris and Magnum Photos. In 2004, she founded Agnès Dahan Studio, developing links with book publishers (Naïve, Textuel, Actes Sud, Stenberg Press…), museums and art centers (Centre National de la Danse, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Fondation Cartier…). In 2008, she was awarded the prize of Plus Beaux-Livres Français, for the book that she designed for the choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. Alongside her activities as book designer, she is opening up to other fields, such as signage and exhibition design. She is also active in the contemporary art scene, especially with the architect Patrick Bouchain, curator and critic Chantal Pontbriand, with whom she leads projects in the field of contemporary art in France and abroad. Agnès Dahan has also worked for several years with the author and theater director Macha Makeïeff.
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris
Le Bal, Paris
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art contemporain, Paris
Van Cleef & Arpels
Galerie des Galeries
FIFTY ONE Gallery, Anvers
Philharmonie de Paris
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Centre National de la danse, Pantin
Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris
Fondation Lhoist, Belgique
Musée CA2M, Madrid
La Halle aux sucres, Dunkerque
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille
Le Lieu Unique, Nantes
Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing
Forteresse Royale de Chinon
Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation, Limoges
Musée de la danse, Rennes
Le Ministère de la Culture et de la communication
Institut Français, Paris
Jean Boîte Editions
Éditions Actes Sud
Éditions Xavier Barral
Éditions de la Bnf
Éditions de la découverte
Editions Sternberg Press
Éditions Du Chêne
Éditions de l’Attribut
Journal La Terrasse
Reporters sans Frontières
Compagnie Royal de Luxe
Jury at CONDÉ school
Master Global Design, Research, Innovation (MDGRI)
and Master Communication Strategy by Image (MSCI)
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Photobook Social Club - Espace Beaurepaire, Paris 10
Conference on the edition of the photography book by describing the whole chain: from conception to marketing, led by Emmanuelle Halkin and François Jolly of the Festival Circulation (s).
In the presence of photographer Corentin Fohlen, publisher Trans Photographic Press, graphic designer Agnès Dahan, printer Escourbiac, distributor Pollen and bookseller Marc Pussemier.
October 17, 2017
Jury of the Nadar Prize for the photographic book 2017.
See the press kit
Conference during Typeparis 2017
See the Talk
Jury at the EESAB Lorient
Jury degrees DNSEP Graphic Design
ESADHaR School, Havre.
Worskshop to CA2M (Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo) in Madrid
within the exhibition "PER / FORM" How to do things with (out) words?
Workshop "Zapbook" within the GIFT workshop
the Museum of Dance in Rennes, National Choreographic Centre
Graphic Design teacher at the School Prép'art, Paris 11e.
2006 and 2007
Jury degrees DSAA visual communication ENSAAMA,
National School of Applied Arts and Crafts, Paris 15e.
2005 and 2006
Monitoring of student Masters Projects of the Special School of Architecture, Paris 14e.
Graphic Design Workshop at ESAAB, École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes
for students DNAP Option Edition.