Guillaume PARIS
Artistic Practice Department

Initiated in early 1990, the project HUMANWORLD gather all the thematic concerns of Guillaume Paris: construction and ideology, reification and fetishism ... It involves the implementation of a wide variety of media and is based on a composite approach, made of collaboration with people from different disciplines. Initially drawn to cinema and conceptual art, he became interested in ethnographic documentary and experimental film before turning to plastic arts. Beyond the various practices and media, the pedagogy he leads in his studio is based on critical analysis of discourses and ideologies that accompany the media in question, in order to reconstitute the relevant issues in the context of new economic and social realities. “I favor an analytical approach based on collective critical discussions around the work of students, actively involving them in the interpretive and discursive process. I think the most valuable element of an art school is the community of other students. Not in the sense of suggesting solutions, but of asking the right questions – and to ensure that eventually, the student ask them on his own, through his personal approach.”
For the 2012 school year, Guillaume Paris joins Tony Brown for the creation of a new workshop called Atelier Parallèle / Shape-Shifting. His program is tuned to deep current changes: societal, cultural, technological, economic ... Eager to capture, to experiment and to think the multiplicity of possible presents, Shape-Shifting focuses on practices that are marginal or on the borders of established disciplines, and the question of their interfaces, in an perspective inclusive to both tradition and change. Going from transdisciplinarity and multiculturalism to a possible multidisciplinarity and transculturalism, one could thus summarize the working hypothesis of the Atelier Parallèle / Shape-Shifting.

Born in 1966 in Ivory Coast, Guillaume Paris grew up in Africa and Asia. He graduated in engineering from Cooper Union in New York and in fine arts in 1991 and continues at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts in Paris. He was artist in residence at the 1992 Core Program in Houston, then at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and in 1997-1998 at the Villa Medici in Rome. He began doctoral studies in anthropology at University College London in 1995. He has since made many solo exhibitions in France (galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, musée d’Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg, Palais de Tokyo, galerie Nelson-Freeman) and abroad: London, New York, Amsterdam, Turin, Prague, Quebec and Sharjah.



« L’image volée », commissariat Thomas Demand, Fondazione Prada, Milan. 
From March 18 to August 28, 2016.