Nicolas Paris

    Born in 1977 in Bogota (Colombia) where he lives and works.

     

    Nicolás Paris creates collective spaces of exchange that can generate various aesthetic and social experiences. On the occasion of his exhibitions, he regularly devises workshops involving diverse disciplines, aimed at a wide range of participants, inspired both by the apprenticeship dynamics of the Companions du Devoir (translator’s note: an ancient system of apprenticeship still practiced in France in which young people acquire diverse manual skills by visiting different parts of the country), Joseph Jacotot’s educational method and anarchist tactics employed in Argentina in the early twentieth century by the bakers’ union. At the same time, Nicolás Paris has always been interested in drawing as a learning tool. In the history of Latin American conceptual art, the use of language, drawing and dematerialized participatory forms echoed certain pedagogical practices as a form of institutional critique and ways of rethinking the relationship between knowledge and power. Aware of the social role of art, the artist analyzes the type of society in which the education system is produced and seeks to shift art and pedagogy from their usual domains. Having been a teacher before becoming an artist, Nicolás Paris combines these experiences in order to encourage unexpected encounters and mutually evolving knowledge systems based on equality.

    The artworks in the exhibition reflect the diversity of his practice. There is a mobile consisting of a lamp and geometric shapes, the projected shadows of the contours of which mingle with wall drawings, a series of glass bottles containing seeds and three stools cut up and reassembled by means of a hinge system, thereby turning these pieces of furniture into unstable, disarticulated objects divorced from their primary function. The artwork Flakes resulted from a workshop organized by the artist on the occasion of his participation in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 and the 2nd Triennial of the New Museum in New York in 2012. It consists of 150 sheets of folded and cut paper: 150 drawing exercises for snowflakes produced without pencils. Each one is different and yet they have all been made according to the same instructions given by the artist to participants.