"Family Tree" 2018

This new edition is conceived as a unique work, as part of a series of 7 variations. Each ensemble consists of eleven panels, individually framed, with collage and mixed media hand-applied interventions by the artist on fine art archival print.

Published by Éditions Dilecta, Paris. 


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Detail of work-in-progress, March 2018

Forthcoming solo show of new and recent works at Dukan Gallery, Paris.

November/December 2018. More details to follow soon!

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 Available from June 2018, a new anthology, in Italian, of texts from the literary Journal "Jardins", edited by Marco Martella, including texts by Fernando Caruncho, Gilles Clément, Pia Pera, Giuseppe Penone, Alicia Paz, Michel Racine, Franco Zagari and many others. Published in Italy by DeriveApprodi.    http://www.deriveapprodi.org/2018/02/lanima-in-giardino/

Available from June 2018, a new anthology, in Italian, of texts from the literary Journal "Jardins", edited by Marco Martella, including texts by Fernando Caruncho, Gilles Clément, Pia Pera, Giuseppe Penone, Alicia Paz, Michel Racine, Franco Zagari and many others. Published in Italy by DeriveApprodi.


Insel der Puppen

Powder-coated steel and enamel on concrete plinth

Public sculpture commission, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany



This sculpture presents four-sided “tree” structure, (5.10 meters in height) inhabited by a assortment of female figures originating in different time periods. Ambivalent narratives play hide-and-seek among the branches. The women are not meant to be particular individuals, (although some are well-known) rather, they remain hinted at or anonymous within the sculpture. Through these portraits, certain archetypes can be explored. In the feminine landscape that emerges from the subconscious realm, psychological projections materialize and instinctively can take on grotesque, beautiful, humorous, or dramatic forms. Each character carries the potential for her own story, intertwining with those of other figures. The title came from a conversation with Mexican archeologist Elizabeth Baquedano; we discussed Mayan legends involving mythical heads in trees, and also the "island of dolls” in the canals of Xochimilco in Mexico, where a man has hung hundreds old, tired and dirty dolls on the trees of his little island. It is said that his young daughter drowned, and a doll was found in the water. This was the beginning of a kind of cumulative process for him, maybe a way of mourning. My own tree is not as macabre as this description, but I liked the sound of the phrase, as something more oblique. Other references are Julia Kristeva’s critical text on "Severed Heads”, analysing historically the head as symbol and metaphor, and Billie Holiday’s song “Strange Fruit”, against racism and oppression.  But these elements that inspired me are combined with several others, and only whispered. The piece remains ambiguous.


There is a long history linking trees and foliage with female figures, from Greek mythology to medieval European Folklore, to Renaissance and Baroque Grotesque ornamentation. In my own practice, I often use this motif to symbolize an existential position: the Self as a complex, hybrid being, traversed by multiple narratives, multiple personae, evolving organically over time, as in the life-cycle. 


This project was generously supported by Cemex Germany and the Mexican Embassy in Germany, SRE.

I'd like to thank Annegret Laabs, Uwe Gellner, and Judith Mader for making this project possible. I'd like to also thank Elizabeth Turrell, Jessica Turrell, Sebastian Anastasow, Klaus Pfeiffer, James Shearer (otherfabrications.com), as well as the staff at A.J. Wells, for their production and design assistance.



Edition of 25 signed and numbered prints, commissioned by Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany

Silk-screen and digital print.  Collaboration with Michael Hall, Invisible Print Studio, London.

https://www.invisibleprintstudio.co.uk www             kunstmuseum-magdeburg.de/en/home.html


My piece The Super-Ego, the Id and their Ladies in Waiting (Mixed media on board,152 x122 cm, archival frame, 2013) has recently been acquired by the City of Paris Municipal Contemporary Art Fund, (FMAC). It will be exhibited at the FIAC in Paris with other recent acquisitions.

FIAC 2017 stand O.C01

19-22 october 2017, Grand Palais


Fonds municipal d'art contemporain de la Ville de Paris

1, rue Jean Mazet 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine – France Tél. : 01 46 71 20 53

julie.bigey@paris.fr   fmac@paris.fr     fmac.paris.fr    BLOG FMAC à l’école

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Article published in Turps Banana Issue 18 pg. 18-23

Michael Szpakowski: Two visits to three different paintings by Alicia Paz




Exhibition catalogue for Tous, des sang-mêlés!

Essays (bilingual English and French) by Alexia Fabre, Frank Lamy and Julie Crenn


Published by
MACVAL - Musée d’art contemporain du Val de Marne
Place de la Libération, 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine, France

ISBN 978-2-916324-95-1


Cette exposition s’ancre dans l’actualité pour aborder la question de l’identité culturelle au travers de visions et d’expériences d’artistes : Qu’est-ce qui nous rassemble ? Comment se construit une culture commune malgré des origines toujours différentes / diverses ? Ces interrogations, en effet, agitent le monde.

Sous le patronage conjoint de l’historien français Lucien Febvre et de son ouvrage Nous sommes des sang-mêlés : Manuel d’histoire de la civilisation française (1950), ainsi que celui de Stuart Hall, père fondateur des Cultural Studies, cette exposition souligne la dimension fictionnelle de la notion d’identité culturelle. Le parcours imaginé par les commissaires est nourri de propositions soulevant des questionnements et apportant des éclairages sur ce qui nous réunit et nous distingue, sur la transmission et le devenir, sur le pouvoir et la résistance, sur l’individualité et le collectif… Par la voix d’une soixantaine d’artistes internationaux et d’une centaine d’œuvres, les identités culturelles, nationales, sexuelles… sont autant de thèmes ici questionnés. Si tous ont l’être pour sujet, certains sont perçus comme manifestes, d’autres soulèvent le débat — souvent passionnel, résolument politique, et d’autres encore font surgir de la mémoire les traces du passé, émerger le sensible, l’expérience, l’existence même, allant de l’instinct de survie au vivre ensemble.

Les œuvres réunies abordent ces thématiques à partir de situations vécues dans une optique d’échange et de dialogue. Si l’identité culturelle est une fiction, il s’agit de voir comment les artistes l’interprètent, l’interrogent, la remettent en question… en sortant de la perspective identitaire, trop souvent réductrice.

Comment se construit-on par rapport à la langue, au territoire, à la famille, à l’Histoire et sa narration, aux stéréotypes ? L’exposition met en espace des éléments d’un terrain du commun, où les altérités se déploient ensemble et en regard les unes des autres.

Chaque visiteur peut s’approprier, à travers l’histoire, la sensibilité, la parole et l’engagement d’artistes de tous horizons, âges et nationalités, des éléments de réflexion pouvant alimenter sa propre acception de la notion « d’Identité ».

Avec les œuvres de : Soufiane Ababri, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Adam Adach, Nirveda Alleck, Francis Alÿs, Giulia Andreani, Fayçal Baghriche, Sammy Baloji, Raphaël Barontini, Taysir Batniji, Sylvie Blocher, Martin Bureau, Ali Cherri, Claire Fontaine, Steven Cohen, Bady Dalloul, Jonathas De Andrade, Morgane Denzler, Jimmie Durham, Ninar Esber, Esther Ferrer, Karim Ghelloussi, Marco Godinho, Mona Hatoum, Joana Hadjithomas et Khalil Joreige, Maryam Jafri, Katia Kameli, Jason Karaïndros, Bouchra Khalili, Kimsooja, Kapwani Kiwanga, Will Kwan, Lawrence Lemaoana, Mehryl Levisse, Violaine Lochu, Melanie Manchot, Lahouari Mohammed Bakir, Kent Monkman, Malik Nejmi, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Otobong Nkanga, Harold Offeh, Daniela Ortiz, Alicia Paz, Adrian Piper, Présence Panchounette, Pushpamala N, Athi-Patra Ruga, Zineb Sedira, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Société Réaliste, Tsuneko Taniuchi, Erwan Venn, James Webb, Sue Williamson, Chen Zhen