LA PROCHAINE FOIS, LE FEU
La deuxième exposition du programme de mentorat Reiffers Art Initiatives à l’occasion de Paris + par Art Basel.
Reiffers Art Initiatives, an endowment fund for young, contemporary creation and cultural diversity, presented the inaugural exhibition of its mentorship program, "La prochaine fois, le feu" at the Acacias Art Center in October and November 2022. The exhibition featured the works of French-Senegalese artist Alexandre Diop, under the mentorship of world-renowned artist Kehinde Wiley.
As a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under the tutelage of Daniel Richter, Alexandre Diop anchored his artistic approach in painting and sculpture, with a particular interest in the materiality of the elements used, most often found in his surrounding environment. The artist explores the theme of African identity, which follows in the footsteps of great artists including his mentor Kehinde Wiley. Diop’s work has been showcased in exhibitions in Italy, Austria and the United States, and in several international collections as well.
The exhibition "La Prochaine Fois, Le Feu" featured the publication of Reiffers Art Initiatives' third art book relating the 2022 edition of the mentorship between artists Alexandre Diop and Kehinde Wiley.
Through an exhibition at the Acacias Art Center, this book reveals a rich plastic dialogue between a young talent from the French art scene and an international figure of contemporary art. It also relates, through a series of texts and photographic archives, the creative process of a young autodidact artist, who through large format materializes his work in multiple techniques.
Reiffers Art Initiatives is a foundation created to support young contemporary creation and cultural diversity.
Reiffers Art Initiatives’ mission is to support France’s new art scene and give it international visibility. It finances and gives exposure to thirty emerging artists every year, who will influence tomorrow’s contemporary art scene.
YOU ARE MY PETROL
Acacias Art Center by Mazarine is pleased to welcome You are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust an exhibition by Laure Prouvost. FIAC 2018.
You are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust was born from a collaboration between curator Martha Kirszenbaum and the artist Laure Prouvost, selected to represent France at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Laure Prouvost's immersive films, installations, drawings and wallpapers, combining the representation of desire, onirism and a fantasized description of nature, jeopardize our relationship to language and understanding through the intrication of complex narratives and surrealist moments that feed her unusual approach to the conventions of cinema and image.
The artist gives particular importance to language and its representation, and brilliantly masters this way of playing with words.
It strives to make visible the unimportant objects, those that the consumer system that governs our daily lives has left behind: residues, rubbish, broken or dysfunctional objects, unloved. You Are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust reveals the two sides of the same coin, through a diptych of videos that were presented through a resin-based installation, objects such as relics, a motorcycle, an LED or a vodka bar evoking the two environments, one rural and French, the other urban and American.
DES CORPS LIBRES
“Des Corps Libres – Une jeune scène française", Reiffers Art’s first exhibition of its group-wide initiatives.
This exhibition invites us to explore the body’s possibilities ౼ singular or universal; evanescent, fantastical or digital; anchored in our current world, science fiction or utopian.
From the body-object to the body-subject, from the figurative body to the imprint of a body, from a dream body to a digital avatar body, it is not just a question of freely and opening describing the body, but also of creating the possibility of looking at it in a new way, with total freedom.
The exhibition brings together an entire generation of young talent from the French scene: Ymane Chabi-Gara, Salomé Chatriot, Jean Claracq, Kenny Dunkan, Ben Elliot, Tarek Lakhrissi, Chalisée Naamani, Valentin Ranger, Sara Sadik, Pol Taburet, Sophie Varin, Julie Villard & Simon Brossard, Manon Wertenbroek and Gaspar Willmann.
Curated by Reiffers Art Initiatives committee member Thibaut Wychowanok, the exhibition's body of work questions the representation and fluctuating materiality of the body and celebrates its diversity, struggles and contemporary emancipation.
We produced an art book for the exhibition, containing a series of texts that give context to the work of 15 French artists from the new contemporary scene.
It also features a set of illustrations including images from the exhibition and details on each piece. It is not only a complete visual summary of Reiffers Art Initiatives’ first collective exhibition but also an invitation to explore the body’s possibilities.
Numéro 238 of April 2023
In this Numéro 238 : Marion Barbeau, the first dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet who recently made her film debut with Cédric Klapisch; an exclusive interview with the iconic Monica Bellucci, who will play the Italian photographer Tina Modotti in a series of images by Marcel Hartmann; the young French film star Garance Marillier, soon to appear in the film Marinette.
Also, a meeting with Alexandre Mattiussi, founder of the AMI label, who talks about his latest collection; the pictorial cosmogonies of the American artist Ouattara Watts at the Cécile Fakhoury gallery; Vincent Fecteau, a sculptor with a passion for enigmatic forms; an interview with Adam Linder, the choreographer who brings dance into the exhibition space; and fashion series by Cho Gi-Seok, Koto Bolofo, Yulia Gorbachenko, Rory van Millingen, Elina Kechicheva and Txema Yeste.
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