Artists: Farah Al-Qasimi, Henni Alftan, Alex Ayed, Jonathan Binet, Camille Blatrix, Dennis Cooper, Isabelle Cornaro, Enzo Cucchi, Simone Fattal, Owen Fu, Mario Giacomelli, Rafik Greiss, Hongyan, Shelby Jackson, Thomas Jeppe, Kayode Ojo, Shabahang Tayyari
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Venue: Balice Hertling, Paris
Exhibition Title: Gennariello part 2
Date: July 30 – September 19, 2020
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Images courtesy of Balice Hertling, Paris
The inspiration for the group show at Balice Hertling is the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini, but particularly the topics raised in his 1975 text Gennariello: the pedagogical influence of objects (“the discourse of things”) and their linguistic power, intellectuals’ cynical acceptation of history, the conformism of modern society, and the irreversible damages provoked by progress. It is the second show inspired by this text that takes place at Balice Hertling; the first one was held in 2009 in the gallery’s very first space at 65 rue Rébeval.
Farah Al Qasimi
Farah Al-Qasimi, born in Abu Dhabi in 1991, grew up between the United Arab Emirates and the United States, where she received an MFA degree at Yale University in 2017. She now lives and works in Dubai where she explores the magical realism of everyday life through images saturated with color and light. Her work has been exhibited at the Maraya Art Center (Sharjah), Sikka Art Fair and Pavilion Downtown (Dubai). A dozen solo exhibitions have been devoted to her work, including two in 2019 at the Houston Center of Photography and the MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge). She is currently exhibiting as part of the Contemporary Art Triennial at the Yokohama Museum of Art.
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Alex Ayed was born in 1989, he works and lives in Brussels and Tunis. He graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2015. His works range from the collection and assemblage of found objects to sound installation. He has presented his work in several exhibitions at La Mains d’Œuvres, Saint-Ouen, France (2017), at the Laboratoire in Marseille, France (2017), at the gallery Balice Hertling, Paris, France (2017), at the Clovis XV space, Brussels, Belgium (2016), at the Palais des Beaux-Arts and at the ‘Nuit Blanche’ event in Paris, France (2012). In 2019 he presents “Soap Opera”, a solo exhibition at the new experimental art center B7L9 in Tunis. He is currently preparing an exhibition at the gallery Balice Hertling scheduled for October 2020.
Jonathan Binet was born in 1984 in France. He lives and works in Paris. Jonathan Binet studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and at the École des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Etienne. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Stadpark, Krems, Austria (2017), Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (2017), Berthold Pott, Cologne, Germany (2017), Balice Hertling, Paris, France (2016/2018), Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2015), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2015), Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2014), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France (2012) and at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012). In 2008, he was awarded the Friends of Fine Arts Prize and the Gérard Viquel Prize.
Camille Blatrix is born in 1984, in Paris, France. He lives and works in Paris. Graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2011, Blatrix creates sculptures presented as artefacts of the near future that he elaborates on the basis of everyday objects, reinterpreting their use. In 2018, his work was presented at the Palais de Tokyo, the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard Galleries (Annandale-on-Hudson, USA), and the RMCA in Sérignan, among others. He also had a solo exhibition at Taylor Macklin, Zürich in 2018 and before that at the gallery Balice Hertling, Paris in 2017, CCA Wattis, San Francisco in 2016. He is currently preparing an exhibition at the Synagogue de Delme scheduled for October 2020 and an exhibition at the Modern Art Gallery in London for 2021.
Isabelle Cornaro (born in 1974, France) lives and works in Paris and Zurich. She has exhibited extensively across France as well as internationally including solo exhibitions at M – Museum (Leuven), LAXART and Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles) and TWAAS (New York) and Kunsthalle Bern. The group exhibitions she parcipated in include at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Mercer Union (Toronto), Sculpture Center (New York). Her work can be found in a number of public collections including those of Centre Pompidou, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain or Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. She is currently preparing two solo exhibitions at the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Fondation Ricard (Paris) planned for 2021.
Enzo Cucchi is an Italian painter and a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement of the 1980s Italian NeoExpressionists. His large-scale oil paintings are characterized by their simple, almost primitively depicted images rendered in vivid, dramatic colors, and was once described in the New York Times as an “artist who waves his paintbrush like a magician’s wand.” His work has been exhibited at prominent institutions worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate in London, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His first retrospective was held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City in 1986. Cucchi lives and works in Rome and Ancona
Dennis Cooper (born in Pasadena on January 10, 1953) is a American poet and writer, a leading author of the literary facet of “queercore” culture. In 1976 he founded Little Caesar Magazine and Press, which he directed until 1982. In 1985, he moved to Amsterdam for two and a half years, where he began writing the George Miles cycle, which lasted ten years. He currently lives between Los Angeles and Paris. In 2007 he released “Salopes”, published by POL, winner of the Lambda Literary Prize in 2005 and the Sade Prize in 2007.
Simone Fattal was born in Damascus and raised in Beirut. After studying philosophy at the Sorbonne, she returned to Beirut in 1969 and began her artistic career until 1975, at the beginning of the Lebanese civil war. Inspired by stories of war and exile from her past, Simone Fattal’s works construct a world where history, memory and mythology intersect. Among many other exhibitions, Simone Fattal has had a major retrospective at MoMA PS1 in 2019, a solo show at the Sharjah Art Foundation in 2016 and at the Musée d’Art Contemporain Château de Rochechouart in 2017. His work has been presented at the Pinault – Punta Della Dogana Foundation in Venice. Finally, the artist was honoured by the MoMA at its annual Gala in 2019. She is currently preparing an exhibition at the Palais idéal du Facteur Cheval (Hauterives) scheduled for September 2020 as well as an exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Owen Fu (b.1988, Guilin, China) lives and works in Los Angeles where he’s represented by the O-town House gallery. He received his MFA from ArtCenter College of Design in 2018, following his bachelor in Philosophy at Stony Brook and fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Owen’s work arises from his observation of the world with a sensitivity that is both historical and contemporary, combining sincerity and humor, quirkiness and poetry. His work has been the subject of several group exhibitions at Sullivan Galleries (Chicago, 2018) and David Zwirner Platform (LA, 2020) and solo exhibitions at the New York Art Expo, TaXue Gallery (SHangai), Art Center Main Gallery (LA, 2018) and Mine Project (Hong Kong, 2020).