An Overview of the French Art Scene:

Common and Uncommon Stories

An overview of the French art scene: Common and Uncommon Stories

An overview of the French art scene: Common and Uncommon Stories

Each year, in support of the French scene, Art Paris invites a curator to engage critically and historically with a selection of projects by French artists presented by participating galleries. In "Common and Uncommon Stories", independent curator and art critic Gaël Charbau brings together the work of 20 artists, most of which were born in the 1980s, responding to the notion of the narrative and the ambiguous interplay between singularity and universality in storytelling. He has also been invited to write a text presenting each artist and their work.

Guest curator: Gaël Charbau, independent curator and art critic


In 2003, Gaël Charbau founded the contemporary art journal Particules. He curates the Audi Talents awards and is the director of the Bourse Révélations Emerige, which supports emerging artists working in France. He regularly organises exhibitions in Europe and Asia and works with various institutions, programmes and patrons. He is the artistic advisor for Universcience (Palais de la Découverte and Cité des Sciences) and was the artistic director for Nuit Blanche 2018.

Selected French artists:

Laurence Aëgerter, Galerie Binome
Henni Alftan, Galerie Claire Gastaud
Léa Belooussovitch, Galerie Paris-Beijing
Abdelkader Benchamma, Galerie Templon
Jérôme Borel, Galerie Olivier Waltman
Damien Cabanes, Galerie Eric Dupont
Sophie Calle, Perrotin
Mathilde Denize, Galerie Pauline Pavec
Elsa & Johanna, Galerie La Forest Divonne
Roland Flexner, Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Laurent Gapaillard, Galerie Daniel Maghen
Laurent Grasso, Perrotin
Caroline Le Méhauté, H Gallery
Anne et Patrick Poirier, Dilecta
Baptiste Rabichon, Galerie Paris-Beijing
Edgar Sarin, Dilecta
Hervé Télémaque, Galerie Rabouan Moussion
Paul Vergier, H Gallery

Elsa & Johanna, Window of the mind, Beyond the shadows, 2018
Abdelkader Benchamma, Engramme (Visions), 2019
Léa Belooussovitch, Valencia, Venezuela, 28 mars 2018 , 2019
Edgar Sarin, Treize Calices de savon de Marseille, 2018
Laurence Aëgerter, Bain de Midi (coraux), série Longo Maï, 2013
Baptiste Rabichon, Untitled - Manhattan Drawing series, 2019