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FIAC at the Grand Palais in Paris.

FIAC Opens in Paris

The forty-fourth edition of FIAC, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, will take place in Paris from October 19 to October 22 at the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, two palaces built for the Exposition Universelle, a world’s fair held in 1900. This year FIAC will present 193 established and emerging galleries hailing from twenty-nine countries.

Its On Site section, presenting sculptural works and installations, which can be found in the Petit Palais as well as in the garden, on the esplanade, and on Winston Churchill Avenue, will feature works by Peter Buggenhout, Vlassis Caniaris, Sheila Hicks, Otobong Nkanga, and Lisa Williamson exhibited by Laurent Godin & Konrad Fischer, Peter Kilchmann, frank elbaz, Fabienne Leclerc, and Shane Campbell, respectively.

The Outside the Walls program, an exhibition taking place at the Jardin des Tuileries, the Eugène Delacroix National Museum, and Place Vendôme was organized by a curatorial team from the Louvre Museum led by Vincent Pomarède, chief curator and director of mediation and cultural programming at the Louvre, Bernard Blistène, director of Centre Pompidou, and Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo.

FIAC will also present the Parades for FIAC performance festival, launched in 2016, showcasing works such as State of by Gerard & Kelly; Khamsa by Younés Rahmoun; A bras-le-corps by Dimitri Chamblas and Boris Charmatz; Rouges & Locus Solo by the Trisha Brown Dance Company; and Freedom by Maria José Arjona.

A two-day conference cycle beginning Friday, October 20, held in the Grand Palais’s Conversation Room, will include panels on topics ranging from algorithmic citizenship and collective memory to digital subcultures. The eighth iteration of the Cinéphémère, a program curated by Marie Canet, will bring together a collection of international productions many of which have not been released in France, including Jean-Charles Hue’s Tijuana Tales, 2017; Anna Franceschini’s Before They break, Before They die, Movement I, 2013; Ho Tzu Nyen’s The Name, 2015, and María Teresa Hincapié’s Una cosa es una cosa, 1990.

Jennifer Flay, the New Zealand-born director who first joined the fair in 2003, commented on the evolving nature of FIAC in an interview with the New York Times. “The complexion of FIAC has changed dramatically over the past ten years,” she said. “Of our total now, only thirty or forty galleries were present in 2003. It’s a total makeover.” For more on FIAC, see Linda Yablonsky’s Scene & Herd from around Paris.

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