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Exhibition "(RE)GENERATION" by Reiffers art initiatives at the STUDIO DES ACACIAS, PARIS, from 26 April to 8 June 2024

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EXHIBITION
26 April to 8 June 2024

REIFFERS ART INITIATIVES
Acacias Art Center / 30 rue des Acacias - Paris 17ème

PRESS CONTACT
Mimouna Khaldi
mkhaldi@communicart.fr
+33 (0)7 81 31 83 10


Main image :
Garance Früh, Clédia Fourniau, Aïcha Snoussi and Majd Abdel Hamid ©Axle Jozeph / Reiffers Art Initiatives. 

Image above :
Alex Ayed. 

 

(RE)GENERATION, the group show for the third edition of the Reiffers Art Initiatives Prize supporting young French artists and cultural diversity, will bring together the work of five artists selected by the artistic committee: Majd Abdel Hamid, Alex Ayed, Clédia Fourniau, Garance Früh and Aïcha Snoussi.

The group exhibition will be held at the Acacias Art Center, rue des Acacias, Paris 17e, a stone's throw from the Arc de Triomphe, from 26 April to 8 June 2024. The Reiffers Art Initiatives Prize rewards the career of an emerging talent from a new cosmopolitan French scene. Announced at the end of the preview, the winning artist will receive a cash prize of €10,000, as well as a commission for a work to be added to the fund's collection.

This year's curator is Vittoria Matarrese, Director of the Bally Foundation in Lugano, Switzerland, since November 2022.

The (RE)GENERATION exhibition brings together the work of five artists selected by the Reiffers Art Initiatives artistic committee, all of them from the French and international contemporary art scene. Majd Abdel Hamid, Alex Ayed, Clédia Fourniau, Garance Früh and Aïcha Snoussi belong to the same generation, born between the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, but what links them is much deeper. Their way of telling the world, the freedom of their narratives and forms, the imaginary elsewhere that each of these artists evokes, proposes a form of regeneration of the gaze, of history, of practice.

On the one hand, Clédia Fourniau and Garance Früh set out to deconstruct the very material of their creations: while Clédia works on the depth of her painting, showing all the successive layers of works that are undone and rebuilt with each reflection, and in which the observer plays a central role, Garance proceeds with the literal decomposition of objects linked to the so-called feminine universe - lingerie, pushchairs and so on - working on the question of intimacy and the limits of its porosity. Both artists are keen to highlight a certain physicality, a capacity for works to be impregnated and permeable.

On the other hand, Majd Abdel Hamid, Alex Ayed and Aïcha Snoussi use their practices to explore the fertility of images, their works conceived as a call to the open sea, a way of moving away from the dominant narratives. Majd's cartographic work, often inspired by places in his native Palestine, proposes a reconstruction of the history of the present. It brings to light a landscape of the unconscious, stitching together a space of infinite possibilities, both a memory and a struggle against the ancestral fear of cultural otherness. Alex Ayed, who has been 'exiled' at sea for months, imagines his works as drawing an open trajectory where, point by point, we can reconstitute a poetics of wandering, a shifting and reversible geography, representing the multiple forms that dreams take when they link the real world to the invisible, like the wind caught in its sails.

Aïcha Snoussi, for her part, proposes to immerse us in another temporality, somewhere between archaeology and science fiction, creating resonances with a distant past and a hoped-for future. With works imagined as ancient artefacts, fossils and cave paintings, Aïcha opens up a necessary space where fragments of personal and collective histories reach us, reconstructing the possibility of diversity on the ruins of a "forgotten queer civilisation". Despite their very different practices, they all summon up fiction, the novel or the invention of alternative rituals, generating new forms and narratives with restorative power.

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Main image :
Garance Früh, Clédia Fourniau, Aïcha Snoussi and Majd Abdel Hamid ©Axle Jozeph / Reiffers Art Initiatives. 

Image above :
Alex Ayed. 

 

About

EXHIBITION
26 April to 8 June 2024

REIFFERS ART INITIATIVES
Acacias Art Center / 30 rue des Acacias - Paris 17ème

PRESS CONTACT
Mimouna Khaldi
mkhaldi@communicart.fr
+33 (0)7 81 31 83 10

Reiffers art initiatives