The Promises sector is located in the center of the Grand Palais, hosting 12 young galleries with less than 6 years of existence which may present up to three artists each. Art Paris supports 45% of the galleries’ participation costs.
In partnership with L’art est vivant and The Fine Art Collective, Art Paris Art Fair launched a new prize in 2017 aiming at supporting a young talent, represented by one of the Promises sector galleries, within a key moment in his/her career.
L'art est vivant is a collective of passionate art enthusiasts and collectors founded in 2014. Every year, it supports artists from the emerging contemporary art scene by helping with the production and distribution of their creations, the publication of books and artists’ books, thus contributing to the purchase and lending of the art works. It also organises and supports various exhibitions and events.
This Award includes a 3 000 euros allowance for the artist and 2 000 euros worth of artistic material offered by The Fine Art Collective France (Winsor&Newton - Liquitex - Lefranc & Bourgeois - Conté à Paris)
The 2017 L’art est vivant prize was awarded to Dalila Dalléas Bouzar for the princesse serie showcased by Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abdijan).
Dalila Dalléas Bouzar introduces a string of pictures named Princess
inspired by Marc Garanger's photographs, taken during the Algerian conflict in refugee camps, and commissionned for ID cards' creation for the French army to control population movements. Women had then been compelled to take off their veil in front of the camera. Her pictures tell the story of her country's women, to whom she identifies herself. By reappropriating those shoots, she highlights the women dignity in spite of the violence inflicted by the French army. Seeing them adorned with gold, magnified and odd, reveals the feeling of facing icons through centuries.
The jury chose Dalila's artwork because « they have been impressed by the diversity of her artistic proposals ... varieties of items and techniques that she successively uses according to her life history". « We particularly welcome her mastering of drawing and the fact that it is inscribed as the very essence of her creative work».
Dalila Dalléas Bouzar, serie princesse , 2016-2017
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