Today we’re inspired by the work of Numen / For Use called Tape Paris, currently installed at the Palais de Tokyo till 11 January 2015.

An immersive artwork that spans  the front entrance-way of the Palais, it only allows the viewer to experience as much as they dare to. Crawl thorough it, walk at full height, look from afar, above or below; the feeling of being inside the outside, pervades at all levels.

Tape / Paris

Tape / Paris

Tape Paris is a version of what has been several other Tape cities, and is part of the exhibition Inside, an exploration of ‘a passage to the interior of the self, for which the exhibition space serves as a metaphor.’ That’s what Palais de Tokyo say; we think it works!

All images borrowed with thanks!

Alécio de Andrade: The Louvre and its Visitors


We’ve recently discovered the work of Alécio de Andrade and we’re moved by how natural his images are. A Brazilian poet/photographer, Andrade’s work especially his series The Louvre and its Visitors (with most of the images taken in the 1990’s) have made us more in awe of the fly on the wall photographers who watch us as we watch the world,
and in this particular case, as we muse over some of the world’s greatest masterpieces.

We’re also slightly nostalgic about the complete absence of mobile phones and cameras in his images…..oh the good old days, some would say.

The Paris you don’t see in postcards…


Un jour à Paris…an ode to my favorite city in a photograph a day.
And the perfect combination of all image and no talk.

To this anonymous genius I doff my hat in thanks, for the gentle reminder that Paris lives outside the postcards and the glamorous magazine spreads.

Rue Saint Charles (15e)
Roissy Charles de Gaulle
Jardin des tuileries (8e) – Fete foraine
Rue de Javel (15e)
Péniche – quais de Seine
Pont des Arts
Le Métro parisien
Rue de Rivoli (1er)
Métro ligne 10
Les Halles (1er)
Palais de Tokyo (16e)
place de tokyo
Palais de Tokyo
Station Ternes (ligne 3)
Grand Palais (8e)
Canal Saint Martin (9e)

Mausolée to Street Art

As you walk down the stairs to the ground floor of Palais de Tokyo, you see two large graffiti works by street artists Lek and Sowat.

Both these artists have a close association with Urbex or the urban exploration of man made spaces, that could either be abandoned spaces or ones that are currently lived in.

In August 2010, these artists started a top secret project called Mausolée where they turned an abandoned supermarket in North Paris into a tribute to street art. 430,000 square feet of space was used for murals and installations, providing forty French graffiti artists a hide away to collaborate and do as they pleased.

The result was an exhibition that opened in April 2012, that was timed to coincide with a book launch.
I’m not sure what remains of the art within the space, but for street art lovers like myself, we don’t expect or need anything more, other than images and a video if we’re lucky.

And the credits –

Lek and Sowat did a brilliant job of galvanising these artists and getting them to paint outside in.
I’m sure it wasn’t easy to convince them, but in a way this is like turning the white cube space on its head.

For this and other reasons, my list of things to do when I’m back in Paris grows longer everyday.
The abandoned supermarket is at 11 rue Marie-Andrée Lagroua-Weil-Halle,Paris 75013 (enter by the front gate of a residential apartment complex, and enter through the first door on your left).
If you’re in Paris, let me know if it still exists.

Vee Speers’s Birthday Party

Picture this image on the cover of a book called The Birthday Party.

I see it and automatically make up a story in my head.

‘This is the dress and hair I wanted for my birthday when I was eight, but my mother thought it too weird.
To me it was beautiful. So we argued and I was made to wear a happy coloured dress with big flowers, so the relatives did not think me different from the other little girls.
But I was, and still am.’

This childhood trauma of mine is completely fictional.  But my mind wants it to be true when I see Vee Speers‘ photographs.

Untitled 1 © Vee Speers


Vee Speers

Somehow the pictures of the boys in this series, do not appeal to me as much. Go figure!

As Vee says in this article about The Birthday Party – Childhood is not all sweet and nice; it’s good and bad, imaginary and sweet, dangerous and scary.

How very true.

Vee Speers

Vee Speers

Vee Speers

Born in Australia and currently living in Paris, each one of Vee’s photographs tells me a story if not many. The series she did on Parisians in 2005 is another gem.

Photography Vee Speers

Photography Vee Speers

My twenty-nine year old self now says , ‘If I ever grow up to be a photographer, I want to be one like Vee’.
I can’t see any reason why that can’t still happen.

Adrian Paci


A few days in Paris is enough inspiration to last many months. And we made one such trip last week to discover and experience gems like Adrian Paci at Jeu de Paume. Born in Albania, Paci escaped political unrest to live in Milan when he was in his mid twenties. This move had a profound impact on his art, and he started working more with video than the sculpture and painting he had been doing so far.

Titled Vies en Transit or Lives in Transit, this exhibition features 12 video works and a few canvas and photographic pieces by Paci, that give remarkable insight into the myriad forms and reactions to displacement. Tackling the state of being, and the in-betweeness we encounter when grappling with feelings of loss, Paci’s work floats easily between the intelligent, the poetic and the ironic.

One of the interesting works on view – Centro di Permanenza Temporanea (Centre of Temporary Residence), 2007

And a short interview with Paci

One of the best videos of this show is The Column, 2013 that follows a slab of marble on its journey from a quarry in China to its transformation into a smooth, well-shaped pillar by a team of craftsmen working on a humongous cargo ship at sea.

the column

The craftsmen go about their work methodically and very matter of fact. That they are on a moving ship makes little difference to them, and work progresses at lightening speed with little distractions.

The finished column is currently on display outside the gallery, and gives no hint of the long journey and the hours of work it took to get to that very spot. Very much like an artwork.

Other interesting works include The Encounter, 2011 where Paci stands in the square of San Bartolomeo de Scicli church in Noto (Sicily) and shakes hands one by one with a long queue of visitors.

the encounter

Creating an uncanny theatrical stage, it’s interesting to see how every person has a different encounter with Paci, though they all seem to be doing the same thing – standing in a queue to shake his hand and then follow the person in front of them out of the camera frame. Still, each individual does it differently – some walk slower than others, a few exchange friendly words with Paci, one gentleman even brings out a camera to take a photograph of him.

Definitely an interesting mix of works, and one exhibition I was really hoping to find clips of the works online. But no such luck, which makes it all the more reason to add this one to your must see list.

Adrian Paci – Vies en Transit
Till 12 May 2013
Jeu de Paume