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FIAC TIPS | Intérieurs 2020: Arash Hanaei, “Black Soap”

FIAC TIPS | Intérieurs 2020: Arash Hanaei, “Black Soap”

Arash HanaeiBlack Soap, 2020Colour video, sound2mn 59sec Black Soap is a letter to my mother who rarely left home for several years because of her Parkinson's disease. I wrote it in Paris, confined during the pandemic, when we were all stuck at home, with nothing to do but re-engage with the things around us, constantly observing the evolution of...

Exhibition Focus | Jean-Luc Moulène, Chantal Crousel

Exhibition Focus | Jean-Luc Moulène, Chantal Crousel

For his sixth exhibition at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Jean-Luc Moulène takes us through a sculptural landscape where abstraction manifests itself as a force of thought and imagination, intertwined with still, bold figuration on a ritualized stage. Montagne pourpre (2019), an abstract object, is put up upon its base, in the center of the exhibition. The fruit of 3D modeling turned out on machine-tools, this impressive hard-foam sculpture is a surface with body. Designed by the artist as a...

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FIAC Portrait | Amanda Abi Khalil

FIAC Portrait | Amanda Abi Khalil

Can you present yourself? I am an independent art worker and curator based between Beirut and Rio de Janeiro, founder of Temporary Art Platform (TAP), a curatorial platform focusing on social and public art practices. I work across disciplines and formats and my projects investigate forms of social engagement and commoning through art and cultural practices in and from the Global South. What project have you been recently working on? "Make yourself at home": Migration and hospitality out of...

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A DAY WITH FRANÇOISE PÉTROVITCH

A DAY WITH FRANÇOISE PÉTROVITCH

Spend a day with Françoise Pétrovitch who welcomed us at her studio and took us to the Parc de Sceaux and the Museum of Hunting and Nature, two places particularly important to the artist. ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY Since the 1990s, Françoise Pétrovitch has employed a wide range of media in creating a singular and powerful body of work, of which painting is today the most striking expression. Playing with format and through her constantly evolving oeuvre, Françoise Pétrovitch reveals an ambiguous,...

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FIAC OUT & ABOUT | The John Giorno Day

FIAC OUT & ABOUT | The John Giorno Day

Laurie Anderson, experimental artist and musician created an original video for the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève as a tribute to her friend John Giorno, who passed away last year. The poet left a unique and rich body of work touching upon every artistic and creative form. On the occasion of the John Giorno Poetry Day, the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève will celebrate the American poet on the 5th floor, the digital extension of the Centre, with "7 pieces for John Giorno", a musical...

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FIAC TIPS | “What It Means to Write About Art”, David Zwirner Books

FIAC TIPS | “What It Means to Write About Art”, David Zwirner Books

"What It Means to Write About Art" published by David Zwirner Books is a series of interviews with art critics by Jarrett Earnest. Read the interview with Darby English. What would you point to as an early important aesthetic experience? When I was a child, we went to The Cleveland Museum of Art. My favorite experiences were of strolling through those galleries with parents who enjoyed this very much. They weren’t necessarily always equipped to provide detailed information about the art we...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | Vincent Mauger

FIAC FLASHBACK | Vincent Mauger

Vincent Mauger was born in 1976 in Rennes. He lives and works near Nantes. His work revolves around the search for a materialization and a concretization of what a mental space might be. To achieve this, he combines digital tools proposing new forms of design logic for objects with artisanal construction techniques. Here, ordinary materials are transformed into a monumental work, its’ surface deployed throughout space, composing landscapes with battered topographies. The concept of blossoming...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | Vivien Roubaud

FIAC FLASHBACK | Vivien Roubaud

Vivien Roubaud was born in 1986. He lives and works in Brussels. The artist aims to extract unusable qualities or properties hidden in the objects that surround us in our daily life. The active cohabitations that he orchestrates often clash, adopting precarious and unstable equilibriums. Bypassing functionalities and disorganising savoir-faire are goals that require him to adopt a distanced view. Dust or pollen, printer or freezer parts are brought into play to create hybrid installations,...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | Paulo Nazareth

FIAC FLASHBACK | Paulo Nazareth

Paulo Nazareth was born in 1977 in Governador Valadares, Brazil. He lives and works in Belo Horizonte.  Moinho de Vento / Windmill is a performance that features 13 immigrants walking through the streets of Paris. Along their route, they grind coffee using manual coffee grinders. The movement of their arms is a metaphor for the rotating cogs of the world, and a direct reference to immigrant labour, which historically contributed to the construction of our contemporary social structure. As it...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | Rosa Barba

FIAC FLASHBACK | Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba was born in 1972 in Agrigento, Italy. She lives and works in Berlin. Her work engages questions of time, materialized by inscriptions in landscapes and language, cutting across historical periods and subject matter. Rendered in filigree neon tubes, this light installation comprising four handwritten titles of previous works by the artist, was originally created and presented for the first time in the 16th-century garden of Villa Medici in Rome. The titles, installed on the ground,...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | Noël Dolla

FIAC FLASHBACK | Noël Dolla

Noël Dolla was born in 1945 in Nice, where he lives and works. In October 1969, Noël Dolla climbed a mountain called l’Authion to paint coloured spots on rocks in pink vinyl paint at a height of more than 2,000 metres. Entitled Propos neutre n°2, this first intervention in nature inaugurated a series of actions in situ lasting from the turn of the sixties to the present day. His interventions follow on from the research and experiments on the use of medium typical of the Supports/Surfaces...

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