Les Artistes

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ACM
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1951 in France. Lives and works in Hargicourt.

In 1974, Alfred Marié met Corinne who became his companion as well as his essential link to the external world, thus he chose his artist’s name: A.C.M. for Alfred Corinne Marié. The precarious living conditions in which the couple lived deeply influenced the way ACM sculptures are elaborated. The sculptures are made from mechanical or electronic components taken out of typewriters, transistors, and alarm clocks, among others. After sorting all these little fragments, he assembles them according to their specificities and coats them with acid or paint. Those reconstructed machines loose their former utilitarian function and become architectures to watch and to dream about, looking like legendary edifices or imaginary cities inhabited by strange and fantastic creatures, both impressive and delicate. A.C.M. constantly reworks his sculptures, alternating building and oxidation destruction process.

 


 
Adams, Eddie
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1933 in the USA and died in 2004.

During his 45 year-career, photographer and photojournalist, Eddie Adams covered 13 wars – in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, Lebanon and Kuwait, among others - but became really renowned for an iconic image of the Vietnam War took in 1968. He worked for The Associated Press, Time and other publications, amassing several photojournalism awards. His close-up portraits and emphasis on intimate storytelling presented a new way to photograph war. Adams’ work also includes portraits of politicians and celebrities.

 


 
Aguilar, Antoine
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1979 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Antoine Aguilar explores light, space and perception to create his body of work. References to art history and the use of certain materials (like ink, broken glass, confetti, and synthetic snow) are inherent to his experiments, marked by a critical attitude that borrows its energy potential from artistic movements of the sixties such as Fluxus, Arte Povera, Pop Art, video and conceptual art. His work is filled with irony, provocation and interest for ordinary objects and images from mass culture.

 


 
Ahuja, Mequitta
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1976 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Mequitta Ahuja’s work consists almost exclusively of self-portraits or colored compositions, oscillating between landscape and abstraction. She unfolds, on canvas or paper, great female figures with oversized hair mingled with different textures and colors. These figures have multiple ethnic identities that relate to the artist’s own mixed origins: Indian by her father and African-American by her mother. Ahuja refers to her work as "Automythography," a combination of history, myth and personal narrative.

 

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Ai Weiwei
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1957 in China. Lives and works in Beijing.

His artistic practice encompasses a wide range of media, from architecture and sculpture to photography, writing and film. Through his work Ai engages with issues pertinent to contemporary China, notably the loss of historical culture due to rapid modernization and the effects of the global economy on traditional modes of production. He asserts the right to engage in social criticism of his country and to decry oppression, while refusing to be labeled a political artist. His work also deals with broader themes, including perceptions of value, mass production, globalization and concepts of the ‘fake’ and the ‘real’. The artist expresses himself in a distinctive, simple formal idiom, in a dialogue with factual history and personal memory. His art relates to the universal human condition and insists on respect for the individual.

 

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Aimard Desplanques, Florian
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1987 in France. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ERG.


 

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Aires, Carlos
"ta.bu" january - march 2016
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015 
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013
 
"
Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in Spain in 1974, he lives and works in Madrid.

From collage to cut out, including photographs, videos and performances, Carlos Aire’s art is provocative; the reality he explores is upsetting and disputable. His associations of ideas and stereotypes disturb and displace our perception of truth. He explores images ranging from Catholic iconography to pop culture. The artist is interested in the construction of reality; following “the observation that there are always several visible realities, Carlos Aires wondered about the way in which those born blind can perceive them.” Pierre Yves Desaive

 

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Airò, Mario
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1961 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

Mario Airò creates artworks that transform the space through the use of light, sound and tactile materials. “Every work by him has an incantatory and seductive effect that transforms the exhibition area in an absorbing and visionary mental space, inducing the spectator in a strongly emotional frame,” explains writer and curator Valerio Mannucci. Airò gets his inspiration from a wide range of references, from philosophy, literature, cinema, and art history to elements of everyday life.

 


 
Al Solh, Mounira
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1978 in Lebanon. Lives and works between Beirut and Amsterdam.

Her oeuvre is multidisciplinary, oscillating between video, installation, writing, photography and painting. Al Solh's work can be described as an inner conflict with social environments which impose national, cultural and religious identity. In that sense it is a reflection on the social and religious tensions in the country of her birth, Lebanon, which has undergone several civil wars and still occupies a sensitive position in the present eruptions in the Middle East. Her approach is not documentary but fictional, even fantastic. She deals with dramatic situations using irony and makes parallels between socio-political issues and aesthetics.

 

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Almeida, Helena
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Portugal in 1934, she lives and works in Lisbon.

Helena Almeida is a performance and conceptual artist that started her career in the 1960s. Her work explores notions of space and communication, and, more generally, questions the limits of painting as an art form. Her performances are recorded through videos and photographs taken by her husband, the architect Artur Rosa: “He’s always present, but silent. It is as if I’m by myself. He only talks to me if I exist the frame: ‘Helena, you’re not there?’” Her past performances include walking around wearing a white canvas, slashing a canvas and appearing through the slits, or eating the color blue. Almeida has represented Portugal twice at the Venice Biennial, in 1982 and 2005.


 

 
Almutawakel, Boushra
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Yemen in 1969, she lives and works in Neuily-sur-Seine.

Boushra Almutawakel’s work centers around issues of gender and representation of Arab women, and, more generally, the international perceptions of Muslims and Arabs, especially after September 11, 2001: “I found that we, as Arabs and Muslims, were either demonized or romanticized.” She was heavily influenced by Egyptian writer Nawal El Saadawi’s comment that “women who wore the hijab or niqab were the same as women who wore makeup in the sense that they all hid their true identities.” Through her work, Almutawakel denounces the way women are objectified and even erased in some societies, while also focusing our attention on other aspects of Arab society, like the emergence of the Fulla doll, the Islamic alternative to the Barbie doll. The artist thus wants to challenge “Western, Arab, and Islamic views and stereotypes.” She has worked as a photographer for the United Nations as well as for the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights.

 

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Altmejd, David
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
 
"States of Mind" january - march 2014
"
Lightness" january - march 2012

Born in 1974 in Canada. Lives and works in New York.

 David Altmejd is known for his large-scale sculptures of anthropomorphic figures cast in a state of metamorphosis. His work explores the boundaries of traditional figuration by embedding his subjects with otherworldly elements and reconceptualising the human figure’s representation in all its spatial, spiritual and psychological multiplicity. The body as a ‘container’ and as a site for, and of, transformation — both literal and figurative — is a recurrent theme in Altmejd’s creations. “I use a lot of strategies that are inspired by biology — I am trying to build the piece so that it feels like it’s alive.” Altmejd explains. At the beginning, each sculpture is a simple frame, upon which the artist meticulously applies different components like polystyrene, fur, crystals or mirrors. He tries to create connections and juxtapositions between these diverse materials, which results in elaborate surfaces and visually complex arrangements. In Altmejd own words, “The amazing thing about sculpture is that it exists in the same space as you … it breathes the same air.”

 


 
Àlvarez, Manuel
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in Spain in 1945.

Manuel Alvarez studied clay modelling and sculpture. His works are always a symbolic expression of an idea, a reflexion or a thought. After completing a collection inspired in Africa he is currently developing a series based on the Old Testament. This project has given him the opportunity to create a range of work absolutely remarkable in marble.

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Alvargonzález, Chema
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1960 in Spain and died in 2009.

Urban spaces and the role of mankind in today’s society are some of the main concerns in the body of work of multimedia artist Chema Alvargonzález. His interventions in public spaces revealed the gap between the individual’s lives and city dweller’s life where everything happens. These multiple realities and the conflicts that result from their connection cannot be dissociated from the process of permanent destruction and construction that characterizes urban architectures. “I work principally in a dialogue between light, language (words), forms and urban elements. I try to arrange the forms in such a way that they create a dialogue with the architecture that surrounds them, and at the same time a dialogue with the viewer who is looking at them,” explained the artist.

 


 
Alzamora, Alfonso
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Spain in 1951, he lives and works in Ordis.

Alfonso Alzamora is a painter and sculptor who lives in the Catalan countryside. Alzamora likes to work with basic geometric shapes, like squares and circles, which he explores both in his paintings and in his sculptures. He’s also heavily influenced by the history and geography of northern Spain: “I believe that my work is strongly influenced by the place where I live, which is close to where I was born. This little corner of the Mediterranean has a very special type of light which fills everywhere with sensual, and peculiarly beautiful, colors and shapes. It is a place where I can be myself.”

 

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Ambrosio, Fulvio
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2017
"ta.bu" january - march 2016


Born in Naples in 1986, he lives and works there.

When he was eighteen, Fulvio Ambrosio shot a photo-essay about children in a Bosnian orphanage and about the cities devastated by the war. He then studied psychology but continued to photograph and travel around east Europe, photographing portraits of gypsies. Since 2012 Ambrosio is part of the group ‘LAB/per un laboratorio irregolare’, created by photographer Antonio Biasiucci, to support and motivate young photographers in their personal research project. ”

 

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Amer, Ghada
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1963 in Egypt. Lives and works in New York.

In 1992, Ghada Amer begins to embroider her paintings, based on images found in Egyptian magazines. With her sewing, traces replacing the drawing, she questions the stereotypes of female representation, the East/West relations. Amer paints her canvases in large sizes before embroider; she repeats the same patterns that are hidden or twisted by hanging threads. She represents erotic scenes, women alone or together. To liberate women from daily clichés is the heart of her work. "I chose the art of embroidery because it is by excellence a feminine activity," explains Amer. "My objective is to potentialize the images of women and liberate them from the slavery of the clichés by the force of sensuality. I think women should love their bodies and use them. Only by means of seduction, feminism can be potentialized."

 

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Ancart, Harold
"Joung Collectors" september - december 2013
"
Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1980 in Belgium. Lives and works in New York and Brussels.

Harold Ancart’s works on paper, wall drawings and sculptural installations derive from a principle of immediacy, usually associated with conventional drawing. He is interested in drawing because it is never completely finished; for him it is typically a work in progress. “Drawing is the first step of an idea’s embodiment,” he says; first, there is the idea, then, the drawing, and, at last, the object. His practice is set between figuration and abstraction, planning and intuition. Ancart has a preference for working in situ, because it allows his creative process to spontaneously engage with and interfere in the structure, proportions, situation and surface of a space.

 


 
Andreotta Calò, Giorgio
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1979 in Italy. Lives and works between Venice and Amsterdam.

Giorgio Andreotta Calò’s work is situated at a crossing point between sculptures, actions and direct architectural interventions. He uses abandoned spaces and buildings, salvaged materials and discarded objects, thus re-appropriating the landscape and its history. His creations are the result of a full process rather than the simple realization of an idea; they might be interpreted as “active residues” of actions that have taken place in a specific time and space.

 


 
Antonaci, Massimo
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1958 in Italy. Lives and works in New York.

Massimo Antonaci’s artistic practice focuses on the qualities and functions of materials, especially tar and glass, which he explores in an almost alchemically way by decomposing and recomposing them. For the artist, this material research leads to a deep investigation of psychological and spiritual matters: “The basis of alchemy lies in what we have to become, in the actualization of our true potential. You have to get down into yourself.” says Antonaci.

 


 
Antufiev, Evgeny
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1986 in Russia. Lives and works between Tuva and Moscow.

Deeply linked to the culture of his generation and influenced by pop art, Evgeny Antufiev also entertains a close relationship with the culture of the region in which he was born, Siberia and its Shamanic traditions. His works combine all these aspects: mysterious messages together with “kitsch” contemporary objects, materiality and spirituality. Using a variety of materials, he creates objects and creatures that disorient and attract the viewer. Antufiev's personal and individual artistic research explores the idea of a Wunderkammer in which the microcosm of the intimate and personal objects reflects the macrocosm of the global world.

 

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Araki, Nobuyoshi
"ta.bu" january - march 2016
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015
"Sex, Money and Power"
january - march 2013 
"
Red" september - december 2012 
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011


Born in Japan in 1940, he lives and works in Tokyo.

Nobuyoshi Araki graduated with a degree in photography and film engineering from the University of Chiba. His photographs have been published in over one hundred albums, exhibited in museums and galleries or displayed in public buildings and streets. Araki ignores the social conventions and sexual taboos of his country and takes photographs of naked women in highly eroticized positions, and sometimes tied. The photographer also likes to show his city with its modern and traditional neighborhoods.

 

 

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Arbeit, Mark
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in the Chicago in 1953, he lives and works in Paris.

American photographer Mark Arbeit grew up in North Carolina before moving to Hawaii as a teenager. There, he studied art and photography, before turning entirely to photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While there, he became Helmut Newton’s assistant. After his studies, he worked as a studio assistant for Irving Penn. Arbeit became famous as a fashion photographer and portraitist, shooting for magazines like Marie Claire, Vogue, In Style and People. Aside from his work as a fashion photographer, Arbeit also likes to photograph the landscapes and people of Hawaii, an island he regularly travels to.”

 

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Arienti, Stefano
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1961 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

Stefano Arienti’s work is philosophical, vibrant and carries a strong element of compassion. He draws inspiration from the Arte Povera and Conceptual movements. Through minimal gestures like folding, dying, puncturing or sewing and by using printed images and found objects, he transforms everyday objects in an unusual way. In this manner, he subverts the visual clichés of popular culture.

 


 
Arman
"Obsession" january - march 2015 
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013


Born in France in 1928, he died in 2005.

Armand Fernandez, simply known as Arman, started his artistic career as a painter, but became famous for his accumulations as well as destructions and re-compositions of objects. His interest in objects started in 1956, when he made his Cachets series using stamps found in his father’s shop. In his 1960 manifesto Réalisme des Accumulations, Arman explained the elaboration of his plastic language, made up from ordinary or unusual, useful or worn objects; according to him, every object has an inherent aesthetic value. He compared his accumulation process with the process of mass production, marked by automation, assembly lines and massive scrapping.
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Arroyo, Eduardo
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Madrid in 1937, he lives and works in Paris.

Eduardo Arroyo was born in midst of Spanish civil war. He went into exile in 1958 to Paris, and intended to find work as a journalist. After a change of heart, he started to paint, placing full emphasis on the power of images and their immediate intelligibility. Two years later, Arroyo participated in the Salon of Young Painters, rejecting artistic dogmas and arbitrary political power, and soon became one of the main actors in the “Narrative Figuration” movement. Arroyo doesn’t shy away from provocation and caustic humor. His deliberate eclecticism led him to experiment with all kinds of materials, such as various printmaking techniques, ceramics, sculpture and collage. His pictorial language is built upon a literary and autobiographical painting style that is often connected in series where self-irony vies with tragicomedy and the art of pastiche. He has illustrated multiple books and texts but hasn’t entirely given up writing, either. Arroyo’s works include the Panama Al Brown biography, Sardines à l’huile, Dans des cimetières sans gloire – Goya, Benjamin, Byron Boxeur and the theatre piece Bantam. ”

 

 
Arsham, Daniel
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 
"
Lightness" january - march 2012 
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1980 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

From drawings to sculptures, passing through installations and paintings, Daniel Arsham’s work often draws on architecture. His ethereal landscapes frequently depict ruins – oddly intact – in the middle of lush nature. An ambivalence remains in the quiet atmosphere of these works, showing elements of architecture falling from the sky or flying in the air. This might be the result of an attempt of the artist to combine static and dynamic, and to exorcize his own bad memories of his childhood house, which was destroyed by a hurricane.

 

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Asch, Ophélie
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in France in 1973, she lives ans works in France.

Ophélie Asch began painting after first studying philosophy; early in the 2000s, she also became interested in and began working with photography. Her works show a troubled world where the real becomes unreal, where reality resembles a waking dream. It is a world of reflections, illusions, and mirages in which the artist plays with different textures and forms.
 
Assalit, Philippe
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1961 in France. Lives and works between Paris and the south of France.

 Philippe Assalit studied psychology and biological science, before starting his career as a photographer. As the artist puts it himself, his work deals with the body. In his point of view, selfportrait is a way to search for his origins.

 

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Atassi, Farah
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Belgium in 1991, she lives and works in Paris.

Farah Atassi paints empty interiors as ensembles of geometric shapes. Lines, circles and squares are prominent in her paintings and instantly reminds one of Malevitch, Mondrian, Bauhaus or even Léger. Atassi: “I like the idea of painting in a very simple way and using simple forms. The modern functionality model is very close to my way of working – the way the images appear clean while nothing is hidden. I like simple, geometric forms; I like straight lines. My master is Fernand Léger. (…) The core of my painting is to put contradictions together, to experience the fictive space in the work while being aware of the surface at the same time.”

 

 

 
Atelier Van Lieshout
"ta.bu" january - march 2016
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 
"
Red" september - december 2012

Founded in 1995, the collective lives and works in The Netherlands.

Joep Van Lieshout founded Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) in 1995. Atelier Van Lieshout is a multidisciplinary collective which employs around twenty people with complementary skills, and operates in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture, in search of creative and aesthetics solutions. AVL’s creations range from sculptures to bathroom items, from mobile home units to complete architectural refurbishments. The collective uses bright colored polyester as his trademark. Recurring themes in AVL’s work are power, politics and philosophy.

 

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Aubertin, Bernard
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1934 in France. Lives and works in Reutlingen (Germany).

Bernard Aubertin’s artistic activity encompassed half a century: from an essential encounter with Yves Klein, to his joining of Nul Group in Amsterdam and Group Zero in Dusseldorf, from which he adopted monochrome expression as a way of breaking with tradition. His first red monochrome works are from the end of the 1950’s. Combustion and red color are the most peculiar trait of his art, symbols of continuous tension and burning. Throughout the 1960’s, Aubertin used fire in his works. He would began his performances with burning paintings, books and objects, thus giving the idea of the passing of time. He also developed the concept of "tableaux-clous" - a compositional tool - in which lines of hundreds nails are imbedded within the work. Currently, the artist continues to give performances of controlled fire.

 


 
Avedon, Richard
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in the USA in 1923, he died in 2004.

Richard Avedon became interested in photography as a child and joined a camera club when he was twelve. He served as a photographer in the US army during World War II. After the war, he worked as a freelance photographer for fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Look, as well as for Life. Avedon became especially famous as a portrait photographer, stating: “A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks.” He has photographed some of the most famous people of the 20th century like Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Brigitte Bardot, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Alfred Hitchcock, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Elizabeth Taylor, Malcolm X, The Beatles and Marcel Duchamp. Aside from celebrities, Avedon has also photographed the American Civil Rights movement as well as anonymous miners and cowboys for his series In the American West, published in 1985. After his death, his obituary in The New York Times proclaimed that “his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.”

 

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Avenel, Ludovic
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011


Born in 1984 in France.

It was when visiting the workshop of his father’s friend, a cabinetmaker at the Rouen theater, that Ludovic Avenel's vocation arouse. Refining his art in different schools, including l’école Boulle, his gestures have now the assurance and love of well made craftsmanship. Grace is here, in every faithful attention given to the lacquer and marquetry men, finding the best solutions to fit the reconstruction or the extension of pieces of furniture conceived to last.

 

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