Paris

Bernard Piffaretti, No Title, 2002
2002

Bernard Piffaretti was born in 1955 in Saint-Etienne. He graduated from the school of Fine Arts of Saint-Etienne, and he now lives and works in Paris while expanding his carrier internationally.

Like On Kawara, Stanley Brouwn or Roman Opalka, Bernard Piffaretti is also a “protocol artist”. He has imposed a few restrictions on his work, resulting in a protocol set as of 1986, which the artist has followed from then on. It is called the “Piffaretti System.”

Koki Tanaka, A poem written by 5 poets at once (first attempt), 2013
2013

Koki Tanaka starts from precise situations and uses local resources to offer alternative ways to apprehend daily events.

The trauma provoked by the 2011 tsunami in Japan has confirmed his idea of creating systems enabling people to share experiences through collaborations and collective actions in the public space.

He was influenced by the work of Fischili & Weiss who were interested in the vernacular, but also by Bruce Nauman and the performative dimension of his practice.

Victor Costales & Julia Rometti, Anarquismo Mágico, 2013
2013

Julia Rometti (1975 Nice, France) and Victor Costales (1974 Minsk, Belarus) started their artistic collaboration in 2007. In the past years, their research has led them to South America, and particularly Brazil and Ecuador where Costales has also lived. During these trips, they developed a form of attention to the environment, traditions and micro histories of theses places. Their work is a composition based on their personal reading of a situation and the understanding of philosophical and anthropological debates on the relation between nature and culture.

Victor Costales & Julia Rometti, Cosmovision, 2013
2013

Julia Rometti (1975 Nice, France) and Victor Costales (1974 Minsk, Belarus) started their artistic collaboration in 2007. In the past years, their research led them to South America, and particularly Brazil and Ecuador where Costales has also lived. During these trips, they developed a form of attention to the environment and traditions and micro histories of theses places. Their work is thus a composition based on their personal reading of a situation and the understanding of philosophical and anthropological debates on the relation between nature and culture.

The Propeller Group & Superflex, FADE IN: EXT. STORAGE – CU CHI – DAY, 2010
2010

The Propeller Group was established in 2006 as a cross-disciplinary structure. Its members, Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen have initiated a multi-platform, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Los Angeles, California. The Propeller Group is able to produce large-scale works, which expose the strategies of the type of global agency their name suggests. Their use of mass media enables them to combine seemingly contradictory themes: advertising and politics, history and future, and public and private.

Slavs and Tatars, Wheat Mollah, 2011
2011

Self-described as an “Eurasian-based” collective, Slavs and Tatars investigate the “polemics and intimacies” of the region “east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China” or Caucasia. As part of their practice, Slavs and Tatars give lectures, performances, where one can meet them: a dual citizen of Iran and the U.S. with research and strategy experience in the private sector of Russia and an artist born in Poland and trained in graphic design. Together, they embody the history and multiculturalism of the peripheral region they research, preserve and represent.

Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, 2013
2013

Fernanda Gomes was born and still works in Rio de Janeiro. Her work is within the tradition of Latin American art that engaged in the postwar era with constructivism and minimalism. Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, Lucio Fontana are the names that come to mind when thinking of her Latin American antecedents but in terms of her Northern American forebears it is the Minimalist generation of Robert Ryman and Richard Tuttle that have a bearing on her work.

Karla Black, Not Today, 2013
2013

Karla Black is a Scottish artist living in Glasgow. Her work draws from a multiplicity of artistic traditions from expressionist painting, land art performance, to formalism. Her large-scale sculptures incorporate modest everyday substances, along with very traditional art-making materials to create abstract forms. Black chooses her media for their tactile aesthetic appeal: the familiarity of the texture of cellophane or the scent of cosmetics bridges the experience of tangible matter with the intimacy of memory or the subconscious.

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.

Santu Mofokeng, Sangoma Cleansing Ritual at Kliprivier, Soweto, 2011
2011

Santu Mofokeng is a South African photographer.

Mofokeng was born in 1956 in Soweto. He began his career as a street photographer when he was still a teenager, then worked as an assistant in a darkroom and later became a news photographer, working on the Apartheid. He was part of the collective Africapix

From the "Radiant Landscapes" series, this work is part of Santu Mofokeng's investigation on water. Polluted to a great extend in South Africa, water remains a synonym of purity and is part of many rituals.

Santu Mofokeng, Altar at Kliprivier, Soweto, 2011
2011

Santu Mofokeng is a South African photographer.

Mofokeng was born in 1956 in Soweto. He began his career as a street photographer when he was still a teenager, then worked as an assistant in a darkroom and later became a news photographer, working on the Apartheid. He was part of the collective Africapix

From the "Radiant Landscapes" series, this work is part of Santu Mofokeng's investigation on water. Polluted to a great extend in South Africa, water remains a synonym of purity and is part of many rituals.

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.