Paris

Em'kal Eyongakpa, Untitled 1, 2011
2011

Em'kal Eyongakpa was born in Cameroon in 1981. After obtaining a postgraduate diploma in Botany and Ecology, he decided to concentrate exclusively on visual and sound art. His use of poetic, symbolic and surrealistic imagery is often sprinkled with paradoxes that challenge the obvious. His work explores human conditioning over time in relation to information, ideological consumption, freedom and identity crises.

Em'kal Eyongakpa, Untitled 21, 2013
2013

Em'kal Eyongakpa was born in Cameroon in 1981. After obtaining a postgraduate diploma in Botany and Ecology, he decided to concentrate exclusively on visual and sound art. His use of poetic, symbolic and surrealistic imagery is often sprinkled with paradoxes that challenge the obvious. His work explores human conditioning over time in relation to information, ideological consumption, freedom and identity crises.

Dominique Zinkpè, Cosmos animiste, 2012
2012

Dominique Zinkpè is arguably one of the most recognizable contemporary artists to emerge from Benin. He is a versatile self-taught artist, producing drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations. His vivid paintings and drawings are both intimate and revealing, often denouncing injustice and hypocrisy. Beginning at an early age, Zinkpè’s artistic skill was rewarded early on when he won the Young African Talent Prize at the 1993 Grapholies Art Festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Hayoun Kwon, Lake of evidence, 2011
2011

Hayoun Kwon was born in South Koera in 1981 and moved to France in 2011 to pursue her studies at the Nantes School of Art and Le Fresnoy, where she presented the video Lack of evidence for her final diploma. The complex relationship with her home country plays a leading role in her work and issues of immigration, political relations, national and extraterritorial laws are a consistent interest. To address these political questions, Kwon became very skilled in using animation, keeping a balance between a real and fictional register.

Daniela Ortiz, General Joan Prim i Prats, 2013
2013

Daniela Ortiz was born in 1985 in Peru, and is currently living in Spain. Through her work Daniela Ortiz seeks to create, without deference, a space of tension that explores the notions of social class, race and nationality showing that society is based on principles of inclusion and exclusion. Previously, she produced a series of photographs related to her research on the position of ‘service architecture’, the vital space given to domestic servants in the modernist architectural houses of South American upper class families.

Köken Ergun, Ashura, 2012
2012

Born in Istanbul, in 1976, Köken Ergun studied acting and worked with the American theatre director Robert Wilson. He then became interested in contemporary art, especially video and performance. Ergun’s preoccupations are based on forms of contemporary rituals and celebrations, religious or secular, through events such as national holidays, beauty contests or Olympic games. Ergun also collaborates with ethnologists, extending his practice to academia.

Paul Czerlitzki, Ohne tittle, 2014
2014

Paul Czerlitzki's work takes part in a reflection on painting and its material components. "The artist has therefore selected a methodological process with which he can repeatedly renegotiate, discover and critically examine painting’s material preconditions, i.e., the frame, the canvas and paint, and the objective, namely, to produce a (panel) painting. He dismantles existing orders by using the canvas as a membrane through which to apply or press colours.

Nora Schultz, City song of rug, 2013, installation (carpet, synthetic, foam, acrylic paint)
2013

Nora Schulz explores the relations between painting, sculpture, performance, and language. She tends to capture the moment where forms become signs and elements of language. She is interested in translation and in the shifts that occur when external realities and cultural patterns are readapted. She mainly works with industrial materials that she collects in the surroundings of her studio in Berlin (metal of all sorts, rugs, shafts, tubes, ropes). Process and shifting are the bases of her practice which concerns transformation within each context.

Hossein Valamanesh, Runner, 1999, installation (Sand, lotus leaf on canvas and Persian rug)
1999

Born in Teheran in 1949, Hossein Valamanesh immigrated to Australia in 1973 while going back regularly to Iran. His work is often made out of natural material or found objects such as Persian rugs, family photo albums or clothes. He is influenced by Persian poetry and Sufism, which brings a metaphysical questioning related to his personal reflections. He starts from his own cultural story as an emigrant; from his encounter with another culture to question the human condition. When he arrived in Australia he discovered Aboriginal art which made him decide to stay and settle in Australia.

Lee Kit, Tender, 2012, installation
2012

Lee Kit represented the Honk Kong pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013 where the exhibition was turned into a half functional private space. The visitor entered a neutral room, open and loose but precisely organized. The artist was searching to deliver both an atmosphere and a still image. In fact, the artist uses the term “setting” to define his paintings, ready-mades or performances. His work comments on the long-term dialectic between form and function.

2014

Marie Voignier’s work presents a subtle criticism of the transitory status of fiction within the social and political fields. One could think of her work as a documentary practice when it could rather be considered as fiction, which, beyond its collective inscription finds itself sent to the heart of the intimate, in a movement of individuation. Working on these boundaries, the artist flushes out the erring ways of a collective imagination.

Vivek Vilasini, Housing dreams walls, 2014
2014

First trained as a Marine radio officer at the All India Marine College in Kochi, Vivek Vilasini obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kerala University in 1987 before turning to art and studying traditional Indian craftspeople's sculpture. In his work Vilasini examines our existing social structures, adapting various expressions of cultural identity prevalent in society today to raise questions about the continually changing global scenario that every individual struggles to keep pace with.

Meschac Gaba, Hubert Maga, 2010-2011
2010

Over the past 20 years, through various bodies of works, Beninese artist Meshac Gaba has attempted to reframe contemporary African artistic identity, asking us to shed our preconceived ideas and re-imagine the African continent with a more valid contemporary image. Meschac Gaba emerged onto the international contemporary art scene in 1999 when he presented the Museum of Contemporary African Art in the exhibition “Mirror’s Edge” at Bilmuseet in Umea, Sweden. It marked the beginning of an expansive conceptual and virtual project based on the subjectivity of museum spaces.

The Paris Collection, established in 2001, is not bound by geography or media and consists of works by artists from many different regions. Its particularity is also to support artists through commissioned productions.

Besides the founding family members, and the Kadist-Paris staff, the Paris Collection committee comprises Jeremy Lewison, advisor, critic and curator, Rozenn Prat, Professor of Visual Arts, and Jean-Marc Prevost, director of the Carré d’Art, contemporary art Museum of Nîmes.