Ouassila Arras was born in 1993 in Juvisy-Sur-Orge. She lives and works in Paris and Berlin. Winner of the 2018 Prisme prize, awarded during the "État des lieux" exhibition dedicated to the ESAD Reims Art Master's degree graduates, Ouassila Arras pursues a work around displacement of families forced to migrate for economic and political reasons. Her work is deeply marked by her family's history, which lived through the Algerian war and whose father immigrated to France in 1954 at the age of 17. Ouassila Arras has decided today to talk about this intimate family memory.
Daniel Galicia was born in 1993, in Mexico. He moved to Montreal with his mother when he was 14. The artist has been working in France for five years, first in Lyon, and arrived in Paris two years ago. At 28, he decided to symbolically celebrate his 15th birthday by returning to Mexico, his native country. This symbolic birthday is deeply rooted in the Mexican tradition as a rite of passage in the life of teenage girls. His work questions identities and migrations and explores the borders of the intimate. Daniel Galicia creates a plural repertoire based on the reappropriation of the self and coming back to his roots.
Katrin Koskaru is an Estonian painter born in 1977. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and the Estonian Academy of Art. Her work refers to landscape, atmosphere, and architecture. Influenced by post-Soviet housing estates and the Bauhaus, she often starts from photographs found in newspapers. Her work speaks of the scars of history and wars, of the interstices where they nestle. Katrin Koskaru questions the landscape in the light of her childhood questions: "What is war?” Her painting is material and physical. Between figuration and abstraction, Katrin Koskaru plays with these limits and offers the viewer an inhabited space heavy with meaning and the weight of the past.
Jean-françois Leroy was born in 1982. He graduated in 2007 from the ENSBA (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts). He holds a PhD from the PSL-Sacre programme ("Deriving the Unique from Sameness"). He has had solo exhibitions at Sessions, Marseille in 2018, at the Centre d'art contemporain Camille Lambert, Juvisy-sur-Orge in 2015, at the Galerie Municipale Jean Collet, Vitry-sur-Seine in 2014 as well as at the Galerie Bertrand Grimont in 2010. He also participated in L'art dans les chapelles in 2012, Modules hors les murs at the Palais de Tokyo in 2011 and the 54th Salon de Montrouge in 2009. His works are in the collections of the Fonds national d'art contemporain and the city of Vitry-sur-Seine. Jean-françois Leroy has been supported by L'ahah since 2017.
Raphaël Maman graduated from the Arts Décoratifs de Paris in 2018. He is currently at the Beaux-Arts de Paris (Atelier Tatiana Trouvé). Raphaël Maman's practice is a clever mix between sculpture and design. He analyses objects to rethink their functionality, standards, and how we perceive them. He thus opens new perspectives and offers them new existences. Raphaël Maman reconstructs a raw reality and reveals gaps, obstacles, and cracks. Behind the harshness of the materials, Raphaël Maman sculpts and reinvents poetry of space, a poetry of the common. His works have been presented in group exhibitions, notably at the Espace Arondit, the Galerie Au Médicis and the Beaux-Arts de Paris. Raphaël has also had the opportunity to show his work in solo exhibitions, at the Galerie du 10 with “Grid system” in 2018 and “La Lézarde” the same year at the Arts Décoratifs de Paris.
A 2019 graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and a 2015 graduate of the École nationale des Beaux-Arts d'Angers, Rayane Mcirdi is a video artist. He lives in Asnières-sur-Seine. His work has been presented in several group exhibitions including, recently, the 71st edition of Jeune Création, 2021, Romainville; and “Hamdoullah ça va", curated by Mohamed Bourouissa and Sonia Perrin, DADA, 2020, Marrakech. In 2021, the Edouard Manet Gallery in Gennevilliers devoted him to a monographic exhibition (“Le Croissant de Feu”). In May 2022, he will present the filmed testimonies of chibanis made with his team. Their work will be presented in the French pavilion for the Venice Biennale, by invitation from the artist Zineb Sedira.
Yacine Ouelhadj is French Algerian. He lives in Seine-Saint-Denis and is a third-year student at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. Questions of identity are at the heart of his practice. He is currently studying at the ENSBA - PARIS. During the entrance exam, he presented his work of acrylic paint associated with harissa on kebab boxes where monuments can be seen. Coming from the world of graffiti, he started to paint with spray cans in high school; he quickly became known under the name of Zekid and transformed out-of-use vinyl into palettes where his creativity was freely expressed.
Jeanne Susplugas is a French visual artist, photographer, and installation artist born in 1974 in Montpellier. She holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has lived in Paris since 2006 after eight years in Berlin. The recurring themes of her work are alienation and addiction. She uses various techniques: video, photography, installation, and drawing. She has shown her work at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Grenoble, the Musée d'Art Moderne in Saint-Etienne, the MOCCA and V-Tape exhibitions in Toronto, the Kunst-Werke exhibition in Berlin, the Wyspa Art Institute in Gdansk, the Palais des Papes in Siena, the Studio National d'Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy and many others.