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Jonah Bokaer, at the heart of body language

Bokaer was born to Tunisian and American parents, and has been active as a choreographer since 2002. He has created over 55 works in a wide range of mediums, such as film, opera, applications, and installation, in a variety of venues, ranging from stages, to museums and galleries. He works internationally, exhibiting and touring worldwide. In 2015 he is recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for Choreography, United States Artists Fellowship in dance.  Bokaer has created 57 works using different mediums such as video, dance, installations and app. His work was presented in within museum spaces that live between choreography, visual art, and moving images. Recent production have been presented at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, at the Festival d’Avignon, at the Theatre de la Cité Internationale “New Settings” in Paris (Thanks to the support of the Fondation Hermès at the BAM – Brooklyn Academy of Music during the Next Wave Festival at the occasion of the inauguration of the BAM Fisher, at the Festival di Spoleto in Italie and have toured in Germany, Belgium, …

Art in technicolor with Yashasvi Mathis

Contemporary Indian visual artist Yashasvi Mathis is a self-taught artist whose unconventional art work flits between simple sketches, painting and digital media. Yashasvi Mathis is an illustrator and print designer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Knitwear Design from NIFT in Mumbai. She is currently exploring set design and working on her fashion illustration skills. Across her work there is a deep tension in the slightly contorted figures she depicts : her colorful work navigates between reality and fiction. Depending on the elasticity of our imagination, the layers in her work can take us far away. Yashasvi Mathis’ personal artworks are often led by a female protagonist and an audacious use of colors. They are usually about the universe of her mind.  Yashasvi Mathis produces a lot of fashion illustrations and also collaborates with various indie musicians. Her work has been published in New York based Unemployed Magazine, Elle India and 100% Sketchbook, among others. 1. Do you consider yourself as a figure of Contemporary Art ? Yashasvi Mathis : No, I don’t. 2. How would …

Ryan McGinley, Bearer of Light

Ryan McGinley is an american photographer living in New York who depicts the pleasure-seeking ways of the contemporary youth culture. Although the photos have a background of violence and drugs, they have a lightness, a freedom and a velocity in the movements of the subjects. Since his childhood he was interested in the marginal elements of society and used to hang out with musicians, artists and skateboarders. In 1995 he joined the Parsons School of Design in New York to study graphic design. The fine art community took notice of his work when he printed a book entitled “The Kids Are Alright” in 1999. His large-format color photographs soon graced the walls of the Whitney Museum of American Art where he was the youngest person to be given a solo exhibition. Then he started doing ad projects and assignments for Vice magazine, New York Times, US Olympic Sports Team and Levi’s. In 2007 he received the title of the “Young Photographer of the Year” at the International Center of Photography Infinity Awards. Sea inside heart, Ryan …

Pop art at the crossroads between worlds with Ketna Patel

Born in 1968, Ketna Patel  is a British-Indian contemporary pop artist based in Singapore. She has lived in three different continents: Africa; Asia; and Europe. She is of Indian descent but is born in East Africa and holds a British citizenship. After graduating from The Architectural Association in London with a degree in architecture, Ketna Patel moved to Singapore to begin her career as an architect. Afterwards, a disillusionment with the corporate world led her on a journey of metaphysical exploration, when she started questioning her existence, her place in the world, and society in general. Having given up a corporate career, Ketna Patel then embarked on a career as an artist. The art of Ketna Patel reflects much of her own personal journey as an outsider and global citizen, observing, discovering and embracing one’s cultural identity and the desire to belong to a community. Reflections of socio-political and cultural identity exploration in everyday life of today and yesterday are common themes portrayed through her art. Her mission is simply to communicate the story of the lesser-known individual …

Les voyages mirifiques de Julien Pacaud

Artiste & illustrateur français, Julien Pacaud maîtrise l’art du graphisme et du collage digital pour créer des illustrations originales et surréalistes. Né en 1972, Julien Pacaud fait ses gammes à l’école de cinéma Louis Lumière de 1993 à 1996. Il y rencontre Jean-Christophe Sanchez avec qui il crée l’institut Drahomira, où il s’exprime dans les domaines de la musique, du cinéma et des arts graphiques. C’est en 2002 que Julien Pacaud se lance dans “le collage digital” après avoir découvert les possibilités infinies offertes par le numérique pour manipuler les images. Enfant, Julien Pacaud a été bercé par le graphisme décalé des pochettes d’albums de Storm Thorgerson pour les Pink Floyd, l’atmosphère novatrice et surréaliste des films de David Lynch ainsi que l’univers énigmatique de la série « La Quatrième Dimension ». Avant d’être illustrateur, Julien Pacaud se dit astrophysicien, joueur de billard professionnel, ou hypnotiseur. Fortement attiré par l’univers du cinéma et des années 1900 & 1970, ses collages géométriques s’inspirent également de l’œuvre de Magritte dont il est un fervent admirateur. Julien Pacaud produit de nombreuses illustrations …

Angela Sairaf, photography across borders

Angela Sairaf is a Spain based photographer born in Porto Alegre, South Brazil. She has a PhD in Techniques and Processes in Imaging (Complutense University of Madrid) and a Master of Contemporary Photography (EFTI), plus three fellowship trainings at the International University Menéndez Pelayo where she studied Visual Poetry, Creative Processes of a Reporter and The Nature of Photography. Angela Sairaf has also worked for over 15 years as a writer and photographer for important Brazilian magazines. In the 90’s, she worked for a renowned modelling agency in Tokyo. Angela Sairaf received awards and participated in solo and group exhibitions in different countries. She usually gives lectures in prestigious schools of art and photography such as EASDA, TAI, EFTI, APERTURA and MACA (Contemporary Art Museum of Alicante) in Spain. Her work is part of the collection of MACRS (Contemporary Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul) in Brazil. 1. Do you see yourself as a figure in photography ? No, I see myself as a photographer and all the rest are just labels. 2. How would …

Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin sous les feux de la rampe

Petite-fille de Charlie Chaplin, fille de Victoria Chaplin et de Jean-Baptiste Thierrée, soeur de James Thierrée, Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin est plongée dès le berceau dans l’univers du spectacle, jouant dès l’âge de 3 ans sur les planches avec ses parents. Après avoir cherché à s’éloigner du monde du spectacle quelques temps en enchaînant des petits boulots à New York, l’envie de remonter sur scène la rattrape. Elle collabore à des spectacles de Broadway avant de participer aux “Tiger Lillies Circus” dirigé par Martyn Jacques. Elle tourne aussi pour le cinéma sous la direction de Milos Forman, Colinne Serreau, Jalil Lespert avant de voguer entre cirque et danse dans “L’Oratorio d’Aurélia” puis dans “Murmures des murs” dirigés l’un et l’autre par sa mère Victoria Thierrée Chaplin. Polyvalente, atypique et talentueuse, Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin tisse avec succès une carrière tout en finesse. Vous considérez-vous comme une figure du spectacle ? Aurélia Thierrée Chaplin : Je ne sais pas. Le spectacle est un mélange fragile. Chaque soir, je suis tout a fait consciente qu’il peut se briser. Il reste toujours un aspect …