Randa Maroufi, Marion Bataillard, Léa Belooussovitch, Dorian Cohen, Shen Han, Jacques Julien, Theis Wendt, Yang Yongliang, Zhuo Qi

MAR 30th - APR 2nd, 2023

Randa Maroufi, Marion Bataillard, Léa Belooussovitch, Dorian Cohen, Shen Han, Jacques Julien, Theis Wendt, Yang Yongliang, Zhuo Qi

MAR 30th - APR 2nd, 2023

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PARIS-B is delighted to present Randa Maroufi’s latest film Bab-Sebta for this year’s edition of Art Paris, selected by the invited curator Marc Donnadieu within the Art & Commitment theme.

Randa Maroufi - Bab Sebta, 2019. Film, 19'00". Barney Production & Montfleuri Production. With the support of La Fondation des artistes, Doha Film Institute, CNC, Kamel Lazaar Fondation, AFAC, La Casa de Velazquez, Le Fresnoy, France 2

Bab Sebta consists of a series of reconstructed situations based on observations made on the border of Sebta, a Spanish enclave on Moroccan soil providing the scene for an intense trafficking of manufactured goods, sold at discounted prices. Every day, thousands of people work there.

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Bab Sebta, 2019. Film, 19'00". Edition of 5. Photo still.

The film is situated in a particular space-time framework. The border between Spain and Morocco, where stories of smuggling are legion, turns out to be an excellent playground to stage individuals which are on the move. A choreography is being formed according to a pendular spatialized duration.


Born in 1987 in Casablanca, Randa Maroufi currently lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts, Tetouan, Morocco (2010) and the School of Fine Arts, Angers, France (2013). She also earned a diploma from Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, France (2015). Randa Maroufi has been Artist Member of Academy of France in Madrid at Casa de Velázquez in 2017 – 2018.

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Jour de souffrance, 2023. Gouache on wood, 160 x 90 cm.

Marion Bataillard is one of those painters who relaunch the methodological challenge of the classical painting, by prioritizing the carnal, and thus cognitive, relationship to the support, to the format, to the space, to the bodies. She builds in and towards the living: hers and that which circumscribes her. The action of the painter is projective and not medial, incarnated rather than deposited. Something physiological radiates.

Born in 1983 in Nantes, Marion Bataillard lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg (where she studied under Manfred Sternjakob and Daniel Schlier) in 2007, then with Neo Rauch at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, lived in Berlin for seven years, then moved to Paris in 2015. She won the Grand Prix of the 60th Salon de Montrouge, exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo and was awarded the Prix Marin in 2016.

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Léa Belooussovitch, Série processions, Jakarta, Indonésie, 2022, PARIS B, Paris-Beijing
Processions Series - Processions - Jakarta, Indonésie, 24 juin 2021, 2022. Pencil drawing on felt, 60 x 50 cm.

Touching an aesthetic of the disappearance, Léa Belooussovitch’s works question our attitude towards violence, graphic violence in particular related to our society highlighting the vulnerability of a peculiar moment and witnessing the artist’s humanity.

Born in Paris in 1989, she currently lives and works in Brussels. After receiving a master’s degree in drawing from the ENSAV La Cambre in 2014, she was nominated for the 2016 edition of the Prix Révélations Emerige, she is also the winner of the 2018 edition of the Young Talents prize of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. In 2020, she was rewarded by the Prix des partenariats Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Saint Etienne Métropole in France.

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Sans Titre, 2022. Oil on canvas, 180 x 230 cm.

By means of a realistic figurative painting of classical tradition, Dorian Cohen focuses on the creation of urban imagery among landscapes, mirages and naturalistic genre scenes. Organized in a series of images, his work builds a genealogy of urban narratives by studying the pictorial and narrative mechanics at work between each of these series.

Dorian Cohen is a young French painter born in 1987. He lives and works in Paris. He has a degree in urban design and engineering and is self-taught as a painter. His paintings were revealed to the art world in 2017 during the 62nd Montrouge Salon. In 2018, he won the Colas Foundation Award and in 2019 he was nominated for the 10th edition of the Sciences PO Contemporary Art Award.

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Shen Han_October sunset_2022_oil and charcoal on canvas_130x180_Courtesy PARIS-B
October Sunset, 2022. Oil and charcoal on canvas, 130 x 180 cm.

Through his creative process, Shen Han attempts to find the relation between painting and body, focusing on an openess of forms building-up a connection between the material and perception through the action of painting.

Shen Han West Lake Exhibition view Galerie Paris-Beijing Galerie PARIS-B

Shen Han was born in 1988 in Hangzhou, China. He graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. He was an exchange student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he now lives and works between Berlin and Hangzhou.

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Les Figurants #4, 2021. Mixed media, 37 x 25 x 17 cm.

Jacques Julien’s works attempt to combine the analytical and poetic dimensions with humour. For Jacques Julien, a sculpture is a starting point towards the invisible double, the missing body or the hollow figure. Since the 1990s, the artist has been developing a reflection on form: its elaboration, its realization and its abandonment.

Jacques Julien was born in 1967 in Lons le Saunier, he lives and works in Paris and Montdidier (80). He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Grenoble. He is a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette. In 2021, he was in the art residency at the Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome. Since 2000, his work has been the subject of major exhibitions at the CRAC Occitane, the Frac Normandie and the Domaine de Chamarande. His works are also in numerous public collections such as the FNAC or the Frac Bretagne, Bourgogne, Pays de la Loire…

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Bubble Game #47, 2023. Stone sculpture and blown glass.

Zhuo Qi fuels his artistic practice with the daily experience of the semantic and linguistic miracles generated by cultural gaps and their long history of misunderstandings. Through humor and ceramics, he confronts traditions and know-how. In his work, porcelain is both the medium and the object of an experimental “cuisine” characterized by the creation of objects involving foreign bodies immerged in incongruous, enigmatic, sometimes hostile, but always amusing environments.

Zhuo Qi was born in 1985 in Fuxin (Liaoning province, China). He graduated with honors from the Le Mans Higher School of Fine Arts (the DNSEP Diploma), did the post graduate program KAOLIN of the ENSA Limoges in France and the Geneva University of Art and Design in Switzerland, he has been working and living in France since 2008. He did a residency at the Fondation Martell in Cognac, France at the end of 2020.

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Theis Wendt Void no. 12, 2023. Cadre en acajou, papier fine art, 140 x 170 x 10cm. PARIS-B
Theis Wendt, Void no. 12, 2022, Inkjet print on Hahnemüle, 140 x 170 x 10 cm. Edition of 5.

Applying a broad range of materials – both the organic and the synthetic – Wendt’s creative process combines sculpture, installation and post-photography into illusionary works that demand viewers’ careful examination. Here, materials seem to mimic others, and faint impressions of nature are conjured by digital means. As with any image, looked upon with any first glance, things are rarely as they appear.

Theis Wendt Void-No.11-14 Exhibition view

Born in 1981 in Copenhagen, Theis Wendt graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Wendt’s works have been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including at the San Diego Art Institute in San Diego; the Brandts Sculpture Triennial in Odense; and the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles.

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Yang Yongliang, The Lakes, 2022. 4K video, 8'00''. Edition of 7. PARIS-B
The Lakes, 2022. 4K video, 8'00". Edition of 7.

Yang Yongliang is questioning our economical, environmental and social issues, by foreseeing the devastating effects of unrestrained urbanisation and industrialisation in China and abroad. Inspired by Chinese ancestral culture and the famous Shanshui, Yang Yongliang works with digital photography like a painter.

Exhibition view Yang Yongliang Imagined Landscape Galerie PARIS-B Galerie Paris-Beijing

Born in Shanghai in 1980, he studied traditional Chinese painting with the calligraphy master Yang Yang for ten years. Photographer, painter, videographer and visual artist, he graduated from the Shanghai Institute of Design and the China Academy of Arts in the fields of visual communication and design. He is now a professor at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art.

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