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Paolini, Giulio
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1940 in Italy. Lives and works in Turin.

Giulio Paolini is often linked to Arte Povera, but his practice is closer to conceptual art. Dissatisfied with the commodity status assigned to traditional media such as painting, he decided to embark on a conceptual exploration of the parameters of the painting’s status within our culture as well as its physical structure. His use of found materials with sometimes historical and literary references gives his works strong conceptual and critical layers. His research is centered as much on the artist's tools as on the figure of the artist as an operator of language and accomplice of the viewer.

 

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Parmiggiani, Claudio
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017 
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 

Born in Luzzara (Italy) in 1943, he lives and works in Parma.

Claudio Parmiggiani studied at the Institut des Beaux-Arts de Modène and at the workshop of painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi in Bologna. Close to Arte Povera and conceptual art, the relationship between language, sign and image is at the core of Parmiggiani’s body of work. His art is the result of a profound reflection on themes such as time, memory, absence, silence, incertitude, fragmentation, as well as solitude, and is based on his deep knowledge of poetry, philosophy and alchemy. Through the use of different materials and techniques, such as photography, plaster cast, assemblages of antagonistic elements and painting, the artist reflects on the role and the nature of the images as well as their emotional and cultural references.

 


 
Parr, Martin
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1952 in England. Lives and works in Epsom.

Martin Parr holds an important place among documentary photographers. An inveterate traveller, his works offer a perspective on today’s world through images filled with irreverence and sarcasm. Leisure, consumption and communication are some of the subject matters that he has been investigating during his career. “Parr is a chronicler of our age. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective (…) He examines national characteristics and international phenomena to find out how valid they are as symbols that will help future generations to understand our cultural peculiarities,” explains professor and art curator Thomas Weski.

 

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Pascual, Marlo
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1972 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Marlo Pascual uses found imagery and film as starting point in her work, creating sculptures, installations and images by applying strategies borrowed from artistic movements such as Conceptual Art, Surrealism, Minimalism, and Arte Povera. She gives new life to vintage photographs she finds on eBay and thrift stores, then folds, cuts and even pierces them with unexpected sculptural elements like rocks, neon lights and candle sconces. The subjects are removed from their previous context and recast in new roles. Pascual is interested in the exploration of an image’s active presence by playing with the relations between the artwork, the space and the viewer.

 


 
Pasqua, Philippe
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1965 in France.

With Philippe Pasqua, the taste for the monumental goes hand in hand with an attraction towards what is most vulnerable – bodies and faces, sometimes with stigmatizing differences that the artist adopts and magnifies through his paintings. Handicaps, differences, obscenity or the sacred: each canvas is the fruit of a struggle, a tension between what can be shown and 'tolerated', and what is socially repressed or concealed. As a counterpoint to this 'physical' work, there are his grand drawings and also the 'palimpsests' – works on paper mixing silk-painting techniques, printing and painting. Another major aspect of Pasqua’s work lies in his series of 'vanities'. He covers human skulls with gold or silver leaf and decorates them with butterflies with iridescent colours. Other skulls can be covered in leather, and then tattooed with delicate motifs of imaginary flowers interleaved with mythical animals. For several years, the artist has also been going to Carrara frequently, where he sculpts skulls weighing several tons. At the foundry, he produces large bronze casts that are then plunged into baths of chrome. The skulls that emerge — human or animal — become like mirrors: sometimes you only see their blinding reflection, sometimes they disappear, so that what they are reflecting, emerges. And on approaching them, inevitably it is our own image that we see.

 

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Pastorino Diaz, Esteban
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1972 in Argentina. Lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Esteban Pastorino Diaz trained as a mechanical engineer before becoming a full-time photographer. His work has established him at the forefront of artists working with constructed photography. The camera, as an extension of the human eye, is what intrigues Pastorino. He achieves his unique photographic style by taking images with cameras he designs and builds himself. Esteban’s use of perspective in his photography gives way to meticulously crafted illusions, fooling the viewer into believing they are constructed with toys and miniatures, while his landscapes are all real.

 

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Pauwels, Sébastien
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1977 in Brussels. Lives and works in Düsseldorf.
Studied at ERG.

 

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Pediconi, Beatrice
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 
"
Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 

Born in 1972 in Italy. Lives and works in New York.

Poetic and at the same time scientific, the exploration of the water is at the core of Beatrice Pediconi’s practice, which bring together painting, performance and photography. In the course of a true and proper performative process, she applies different substances to water and submits it to altered temperatures, “painting” on its surface. The images she creates are fixed using photography and video. In a highly individual approach to painting, her work aspires to couple the scientific observation of the behavior of materials and the capacity to reproduce these experiments in a total artistic freedom. Pediconi’s pictures evoke constellations, airplane trails, underwater life and other interesting organisms or phenomena.

 

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Penone, Giuseppe
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Garessio (Italy) in 1947, he lives and works in Turin and Paris.

Giuseppe Penone is the youngest member of the revolutionary arte povera, a group of artists who made art without the restraints of traditional practices and materials. Ever since 1967, the process of implementation has been an integral part of Penone’s sculptures and installations. His work shows a profound relationship between man and his environment. Inspired by the nature, caverns and streams from his hometown, Penone uses nontraditional elements as diverse as wood, marble, bronze, silk, leather, graphite, soil, minerals, plants and plant elements. As a result, nature itself seems to give form to his work, each piece unique and fantastical in outcome. Since the early 70’s Penone’s work has achieved important recognition which rapidly spread beyond Italy to the rest of Europe, the United States and Japan. He had solo exhibitions in several museums, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.


 
Périot, Jean Gabriel
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1974 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

For more than 15 years now, Jean Gabriel Périot develops an innovative approach to filmmaking by focusing on archival editing. He uses moving images and photographic material as the source for his short films. Périot creates impressionistic narratives, which address contemporary and historic political themes, accompanied by compelling soundtracks. “The density of his work can be overwhelming — in every short film of his I've seen, I've quickly lost count of just how many images Périot assembled”, says film critic Ben Sachs. “At the same time, his work displays an ingratiating musical sensibility; Périot often cuts his work to the tempo of a piece of music, locking the viewer into a groove before making his point.”

 

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Perjovschi, Dan
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1961 in Romania. Lives and works in Bucharest.

Dan Perjovschi is mostly known by mixing drawing, cartoon and graffiti to create pieces directly on the walls of museums and contemporary art spaces all over the world. Everywhere he goes, he keeps up with local news and makes witty testimonies on them. His works are keen eyesight on current political, social or cultural issues, as well as on everyday life. He also reacts to events that affect his immediate environment, such as the restoration of the cultural identity in post-communist Romania. He has transformed his main medium, drawing, using it to create objects, performances and installations. By lessening this medium to its most elementary expression – the clear line – Perjovschi invests his creations with maximum readability, thus getting them closer to writing. The notions of drawing and writing are, indeed, inseparable in the artist’s work. As clarity, spontaneity, and immediacy are so typical of his sketches, his finished drawings embody the most direct materialization of a thought.

 

 
Perraud, Stéfane
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Stéfane Perraud, born in 1975 in France, lives and works in Montreuil.

Stéfane Perraud studied at the ENSAD and specialized in multimedia and scenography. As an artist he works in Paris where he creates scenes for theatre, performances and ballet’s stages. Perraud’s approach is focused in the notion of movement (Amoebe, Simulte & Modifié series, Solar, Blind Crash, Ecosystème).  Even more, the narrative takes a central part in his works, neither inert nor petrified, but with a sensibility to displacement that introduces the possibility of a dynamic position for the viewer whose look is itself in motion. Thus, two movements are confronted: the device’s one and the viewer’s one. With this theme may be found the link between his installations and his performances works. In a way, his performances Pas du tout and Temps reel are exploring a communication above verbal language, staging the body which is physically linked to the technical device through a cell system. The performance becomes an exchange between a device and a viewer, without one being more important than the other. A theme though is never faded in his oeuvre: disaster whether, according to the works, is about anticipating or having premonition of.

 

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Perrin, Carmen
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1953 in Bolivia. Lives and works in Geneva.

In the 1980’s, Carmen Perrin has imposed herself as a plastic artist creating sculptures. Since the 1990’s, she has developed a close interest in the architecture context and landscape. In her creations she prefers to deal with industrial mass-produced elements like electric wires, cables and building materials. By repeatedly using those materials, she has developed an in-depth knowledge about them. Through her work Perrin visually shows areas of uncertainty – what things could be or what is expected – concentrating as much on the invisible (space) as on the existing structure or form of the finished work. Her creations are permeated with fine undertones and references to her Latin American roots, mixing the cultural restraints of Europe with the political constraints of her homeland.

 


 
Perrin, Frank
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1969 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

For more than ten years now, Frank Perrin explores the notion of “Postcapitalism”. Through his series of photographs, he tries to tell the mythologies and the contemporary obsessions. He does not consider himself as a photographer. He processes images simply because he thinks it is the most convenient medium to give form to his projects. He wants to “catch and reveal some of the aspects of this planetary delusion. He does not judge but depict, in a deliberately ambiguous way.”

 

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Pétremant, Philippe
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1976 in France. Lives and works in Lyon.

Photographer Philippe Pétremant uses everyday objects to create a different kind of still life that it is not limited to register the existence and presence of these objects, but attempts to explore the nature of reality. Banknotes, ornamental motifs, advertising and other daily items offer the raw material for his photographs. Pétremant’s transformation of ordinary and usual objects into works of art challenges the viewers’ perception of reality, blurring the limit between what is credible and what is not.

 


 
Pica, Amalia
 "Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1978 in Argentina. Lives and works in London.

The work of Amalia Pica revolves around transforming the various forms of communication into concrete visual signs, through her drawings, sculptures, performances, and installations. She is particularly interested in the limits, failures and gaps of language, addressing fundamental issues such as the acts of delivering and receiving messages (verbal or nonverbal) and the diversified forms these exchanges may take. Pica uses simple materials like photocopies, light bulbs, beer bottles, cardboards, and other found materials to create artworks that explore the metaphors, the civic participation and the relations between politics, history and their representation.

 


 
Picasso, Pablo
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Malaga (Spain) in 1881, he died in 1973.

Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists in history. As a painter, ceramist, sculptor and stage designer, he had a huge influence on the entire 20th century art world. Picasso started drawing as a child before turning his talents to painting. He moved to Paris in 1902, where he befriended artists like Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire. Together with Georges Braque, he is regarded as the founder of cubism. Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) is the first famous example of their experimentation with form; the painting is also famous for introducing African art into Western painting. Through his collages, Picasso also became the first artist to include everyday objects, like papers or bits of string, into artworks; later he created sculptures with found objects. In 1937, his painting Guernica became a worldwide symbol for the cruelties perpetrated during the Spanish Civil War.


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Pierre et Gilles
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015


Born in France in 1950 (Pierre) and in 1953 (Gilles), they live and work in Paris.

Artistic duo Pierre et Gilles met in 1976 and have been working together ever since. Their distinct style combines elements from popular culture (like superheroes, Hollywood and Bollywood cinema or Korean iconography) with elements from art history, like pop art and religious icons. According to Pierre et Gilles, “in art, there is no good or bad taste.” Their colorful, baroque artworks are the result of a distinct work process: after selecting the décor, costumes, pose and lighting together, Pierre takes the photograph. Once the photograph is developed, Gilles paints over it, making it a unique work of art, to which they then add a carefully selected frame. Together, they redefined the art of portraiture, taking pictures of both anonymous friends and celebrities, be they singers, actors, or porn stars. “We idealize the people we take pictures of, but behind that, their own energy comes through. We show the world as it is, but through a poetic eye.”

 

 
Pignon-Ernest, Ernest
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1942 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Ernest Pignon-Ernest has made the street both the setting and the subject of his works of art. "Places are my essential materials. I try to understand, to grasp everything that can be seen there – space, light, colours – and at the same time everything that cannot or can no longer be seen: history, buried memories." He makes prints and drawings that he reproduces and pastes on walls, doors or stairs. Photographs keep record of his ephemeral interventions. Pignon-Ernest does not sign his work; they disappear with time, weather and possible extraction.

 

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Pisani, Vettor
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1934 in Italy and died in 2011.

With eight participations in the Venice Biennale starting from 1972, Vettor Pisani gradually revealed himself as one of the most important witnesses and champions of artistic research in Italy from the ‘70s, as well as one of the most personal and visionary authors on the art scene of his generation. The works of Pisani are fantasy theatres of memory and knowledge, philosophical and cognitive representations “of the history of modern Europe” while describing at the same time its contradictions and, finally, provisional museums of the inevitable destruction and constant reconstruction of art, in which the kaleidoscopic diversity of the artist’s artifacts and references, the dimensions of history and myth, gender, the different cultural traditions and identities of the artist all come together in a unicum, indescribable in its critical status and aesthetic consistency.

 


 
Pivi, Paola
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1971 in Italy. Lives and works in Anchorage (Alaska).

Pervaded by irony, the works of Paola Pivi focus on upside-down situations, showing a personal universe ruled by the laws of absurdity. A truly multimedia artist, her creations are embracing sculpture - some by using ordinary materials like pearls and ribbons - photography and installations - certain involving live animals and people. Paola Pivi likes to produce ambiguous and contradictory feelings like lightness and weight, smoothness and violence, warm and cold, seriousness and irrationality, singularity and mass. These unlikely situations and awkward feelings are to be experienced and experimented with. Then, anything becomes possible. “What I like about art, whether mine or someone else’s, is the feeling that something has entered my experience, without exactly knowing what it is, but somehow feeling enriched by it,” says Pivi.

 

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Plensa, Jaume
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 
"
Inner Journeys" april - june 2013


Born in 1955 in Barcelona, he lives and works in Paris and Barcelona.

Jaume Plensa studied at the Llotja School of Art and Design and at the Sant Jordi School of Fine Art. He is known for his innovative sculptural work, executed mostly on a large scale and often incorporating carved letters, water or elements of light. His work has gone through different stages, during which he explored materials such as iron, bronze and copper. In recent years, the artist has experimented with resin, glass, alabaster, plastic, video and sound. Plensa’s creations are conceived to provoke emotions and stimulate intellectual engagement. By means of conceptual dualities such as inside/outside, front/back, or light/dark, he seeks to connect with his viewers on an intuitive level.

In 2004, Plensa’s monumental interactive work of public art, Crown Fountain, was installed in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The installation composes of a black granite pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers, which display videos of local resident’s faces spouting water on visitors. His work Together was exhibited at the San Giorgio Maggiore basilica during the 56th Biennale of Venice in 2015. It won the Global Fine Art Award for best installation of public art.

Plensa was a professor at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and holds a position as guest reader at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Besides sculpture, he has a passion for opera and theatre, and frequently collaborates in the production of stage design and costumes.

 

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Pluvinage, Justine
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in France in 1983, he lives and works in Lille.

Justine Pluvinage studied psychology and photography before, eventually, turning to video art. Pluvinage creates videos in a documentary, almost voyeuristic style, in which she lets people express their doubts, emotions and feelings. She has filmed women talking about their life in prison (Catherine, 2009), about their boredom and unhappiness (Eliane, mère de l’ombre, 2007) or about their experience with death (Le dernier mot, 2009). She also creates fiction, as with Tourette et Péroné (2012), about a man who can’t stop laughing due to a weird Tourette-like illness. The artist doesn’t judge the people she films, but offers them a space in which they can be themselves. She often adds further distance by recording a voice over or adding subtitles in post-production, like in Mirifique (2012), a video in which she tells us about her dreams over a series of images shot in Rome.

 

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Polke, Sigmar
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in Germany in 1941, he died in 2010.

As an artist, Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters, and materials. He worked with an unusually broad range of mediums including painting, photography, film, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, television, performance, and stained glass, as well as his constant, highly innovative blurring of the boundaries between these mediums. His relentlessly inventive works, ranging in size from the intimacy of a notebook to monumental paintings, collapse conventional distinctions - between high culture and low culture, figuration and abstraction, the heroic and the banal - allowing flux, rather than stability, to prevail.


 
Pozzi, Luca
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1983 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

The work of Luca Pozzi draws on different sources like science, nature and philosophy. His creations consist mainly of hybrid installations that employ different media and new technologies. Combining magnetized sculptures, levitating objects, light drawings and a performative use of photography, he creates a strange feeling of frozen time, where past, present and future are indistinguishable in his works. Pozzi’s aim is to extend the possible emerging interdisciplinary correspondences into a network of pure and basic information beyond geographical, political and linguistic borders, by studying aspects such as quantum gravity, teleportation, time travel, and biodiversity.

 

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Prouvé, Jean
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1901, he died in 1984.

An engineer, designer and craftsman, Jean Prouvé was brought up in the artistic environment of the Art Nouveau school of Nancy. One of the most influential designers of the early modern movement, he developed technologies for metal processing to achieve innovative constructions and forms in his work. Prouvé played a decisive part in developing construction techniques using lightweight prefabricated parts in architecture, making use, among other things, of insights from the airplane and automotive industry. A multifaceted designer, he created a diversity of chairs, tables, bookshelves and cabinets, always following the same principle of construction: based on a sketch, a prototype was realized so that every detail was thought to follow a strict process of evaluation. He never designed for the sake of form alone, but to understand instead the essence of materials, their connections and production.

 

 
Prouvost, Laure
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1978 in France. Lives and works in London.

Laure Prouvost’s richly layered stories are characterized by a distinct visual language that is engaged in an ongoing conversation with the history of art and literature. Her work can be described as a combination of video, painting, sound installation and ready-made. She explores some aspects of the cinematographic narrative tradition, but the plot of her videos is set up on images which introduce an ironic surrealistic dimension, leaving the viewers reflecting on the boundaries between reality and perception.

 

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Provost, Nicolas
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in Belgium in 1969, he lives and works between New York and Brussels.

Nicolas Provost’s work reflects on the grammar of cinema, the human condition in our collective film memory and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience. His films provoke both recognition and alienation and succeed in catching our expectations into an unraveling game of mystery and abstraction. With manipulations of time, codes and form, cinematographic and narrative languages are sculpted into new stories.



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Prvacki, Ana
 "Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1976 in Serbia. Lives and works in Los Angeles and Singapore.

Ana Prvacki’s work draws on performance, daily practices, consumer aesthetics, and social research. Her interventions are meant to transform the viewers’ perception and experience of quotidian activities and routine, and provide solutions to everyday problems, worries and fears. She explores the comical potential of daily life and reveals latent absurdities, social tensions and unexpected moments of beauty.

 

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