Friday October 20

  • Conversations

    FIAC presents a two-day conferences cycle, on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of October, in the Conversation Room inside the fair, on the first floor on the right of the Escalier d’honneur of the Grand Palais.

    In 2017, FIAC invites 89plus, a long-term, international, multiplatform research project co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation of innovators born in or after 1989.

    Marked by several paradigm-shifting events, the year 1989 saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the start of the post- Cold War period, and the introduction of the World Wide Web and the beginning of the universal availability of the Internet. Positing a relationship between these world-changing events and creative production at large, 89plus introduces the work of some of this generation’s most inspiring protagonists.

    89plus has partnered with Google Arts and Culture for over four years, with artist residencies at the Google Arts and Culture Lab.
    The 2017 89plus residency welcomes artists Lito Kattou, Elise By Olsen and Matt Copson.

    In partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

  • The 2018 programme will be available shortly

  • Friday october 20



    Lebo Mashifane
    (South Africa, artist)

    Darja Bajagic’
    (USA, artist)

    Torey Thornton
    (USA, artist)

    Chaired by:
    Simon Castets & Hans Ulrich Obrist

    In 1989, the introduction of the World Wide Web carried the promise of an open, limitless and objective means of disseminating and seeking knowledge across the globe.

    The idea of someone’s world view being influenced by the newspaper they read or the TV channel they watched seemed to have been relegated to a distant past.
    Over the past few years, however, the improvements of personalization have clouded the aspiration of making the Internet a window on the world and gradually turned it into a series of individualized mirrors, reflecting one’s interest as identified by automated pattern recognition.

    The “filter bubble” has been an ongoing subject of 89plus’s research, beginning with a screening at the Centre Pompidou in 2014, and continuing with an exhibition at LUMA Westbau in Zurich in 2015–16.

    On this panel we will hear from photographer Lebo Mashifane, multimedia artist Darja Bajagic’, and painter Torey Thornton about their artistic practices.
  • Name Anat (Slider 2 blocs, image left)

    • Lebogang Mashifane

      Lebogang Mashifane was born in 1989, South Africa. She lives and works in Johannesburg.

      In 2009 she participated in Faces And Phases, a photography series by Zanele Muholi, and has since been part of the project. She has written articles and shot images that can be found on In 2011 she graduated for Multimedia Technology from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. In 2014 she was part of the Artist talk at Yale University Art Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Art/South Africa. In 2015 she focused more on art projects in her community. She is the director of LM Diverse, and has worked as a freelancer for other productions such as Ditsie Media and Urban Brew Studios. On 27/7/2017 she launched SE7EN27, the art movement that she founded in 2017.

      Darja Bajagic’ was born in 1990, in Montenegro.

      She uses strategies for shifting contexts in order to complicate the consumption of images in her work – momentarily deactivating fixed judgements and leaving images open to ulterior connections. Bajagic’’s works concede to the tensions between fascination and revulsion, pleasure and disgust, and to the redemptive quality of humour in light of the heinous. “Bajagic’ might be less interested in the accountability of images than the driving need to make them so”. Bajagic’’s works have been exhibited at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–), Graz; LUMA Westbau, Zurich; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca. She is represented by Carlos/ Ishikawa (London) and New Galerie (Paris).
    • Torey Thornton

      Torey Thornton was born in 1990 in USA. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

      He graduated from Cooper Union in 2012. His work has shown nationally and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, London, UK; Shane Campbell, Chicago, IL; and Karma, New York, NY. Recent group exhibitions include: “Whitney Biennial 2017”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; “Living Apart Together: Recent Acquisitions from the Hammer Contemporary Collection”, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and “Third Space/Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art”, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL.
  • 4pm

    PANEL #2

    Walter Price
    (USA, artist)

    Aslan Gaisumov
    (Chechnya / Russia, artist)

    Shen Xin
    (China, artist)

    Chaired by:
    Simon Castets & Hans Ulrich Obrist
    Definitions of citizenship are obscured in an increasingly globalized world, in which ties between civic engagement and geography are progressively loosened. Citizenship might be best understood as an evolving concept relating to freedom, politics, identity, community, and the rights and responsibilities of the individual.

    Stemming from the concept of algorithmic citizenship introduced by artist James Bridle’s Citizen Ex project, and following the recent 89plus exhibition, “Americans 2017”, at LUMA Westbau in Zurich, this panel echoes the Internet’s original universalist promise of alternatives to jus soli and jus sanguinis citizenship. It features American painter Walter Price, Chechen/Russian multimedia artist Aslan Gaisumov, and Chinese video artist Shen Xin.
  • Name Anat (Slider 2 blocs, image left)

    • Aslan Gaisumov

      Aslan Gaisumov was born in 1991 in Chechnya. He lives and works in Grozny.

      He graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow in 2012. From 2016 he is enrolled in the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent. His solo exhibitions to date include “People of No Consequence” at Museum of Modern Art (M HKA) Antwerp, in 2016, “When You Ride in a Chechen Cart, Sing a Chechen Song” at Contemporary Art Center, Grozny, in 2015, ‘Untitled (War)’ at Vinzavod Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, in 2011. Gaisumov has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, notably the “I am a native foreigner”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands and “Lives Between”, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA in 2017; “Uncertain States”, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in 2016, also “Glasstress Gotika”, a collateral exhibition for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. In 2014 he was awarded the Special Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize of the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, and in 2016 the Innovation Prize of the National Centre for contemporary Arts in Moscow, in the category ’New Generation’.
    • Walter Price

      Walter Price was born in 1989 in the USA. He lives and works in New York.

      His paintings are a mix of intimate recollections, cultural symbols, identity, and social questions. Summoning past experiences, such as growing up in the South or fighting fires while enlisted in the Navy, Price creates illustrative multidimensional vignettes, free from time and the laws of gravity, amalgamating into single scenes, often with contradictory perspectives and narratives. Recent solo exhibitions include LUMA Foundation, Zurich (2017); Karma, New York (2016); and The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2016). Selected recent group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); Boghossian Foundation–Villa Empain, Brussels (2017); MAMCO Museé d’Art Moderne, Geneva (2017). Walter Price will be an Artist-in- Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, Florida in 2018.
    • Shen Xin

      Shen Xin was born in 1990 in China. She lives and works in London.

      Her recent solo presentations include “half-sung, half spoken”, Serpentine Pavilion, London (2017); “Strongholds”, Lychee One, London (2017); “Originally Inclusive”, CFCCA, Manchester (2016); “At Home, Surplus Space”, Wuhan (2016); “Forms Escape: Prologue”, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2016). She recently participated in group shows BALTIC Artists’ Award, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2017); “The New Normal”, UCCA, Beijing (2017). Shen Xin is awarded the BALTIC Artists’ Award in 2017. From 2018 Shen will participate an artist residency program at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. Her practice engages with moving image and event through the scripted and the informative, examining the techniques and effects of how emotion, judgment, and ethic circulate through individual and collective subjects. By focusing on interpersonal complexity and political narratives, her films often aim to generate reflexiveness to dismantle dominant power structures.

    89plus has partnered with Google Arts and Culture for over four years, with artist residencies at the Google Arts and Culture Lab.

    Invited artists spend two months in residence at the Lab developing projects in dialogue with Google engineers and the Lab creative team whilst exploring the technology and resources available on-site.

    The 2017 artists in residence are Matt Copson, Elise By Olsen and Lito Kattou: Matt works in sculpture, murals and animations creating narrative installations exploring folklore, contemporaneity and expression; Elise is an Oslo-based Editor-in-Chief of youth culture magazine Recens Paper and fashion commentary Wallet; and Lito is a visual artist working principally with sculpture, exploring 3D modeling and machine learning technology.

    The Google Arts and Culture Lab brings together tech and creative communities to share ideas and discover new ways to experience art and culture.

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