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Claire Fontaine

They Hate Us for Our Freedom

Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective artist, founded in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a "readymade artist" and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people's work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today. But if the artist herself is the subjective equivalent of a urinal or a Brillo box - as displaced, deprived of its use value, and exchangeable as the products she makes - there is always the possibility of what she calls the "human strike." Claire Fontaine uses her freshness and youth to make herself a whatever-singularity and an existential terrorist in search of subjective emancipation. She grows up among the ruins of the notion of authorship, experimenting with collective protocols of production, détournements, and the production of various devices for the sharing of intellectual and private property.

Theo Mercier

The multi-disciplinarian Theo Mercier is an artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer. He uses his work to transmit the ironic magic of simple things revealing the aura living inside of them. An element that absolutely must exist within his art is humor. He is also attracted by the extremely rich and dense topics of sex and death. “I like talking about death with a rotten cabbage and a missing tooth and to deal with sex with eggs and dirty socks. I like to inject those notions into objects that have nothing to do with sex or death, using, for instance, an innocent tea pot.” Said Mercier.


'Waste' is a group project by Elliott Mariess, Lewis Woolner, Ashley Maine, Laura Bowman & Jamie Breach.
'A comment on the ironic contrast between our disposable fast-food culture and world famine.'

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Anders Krisar

The Birth of Us (girl), 2007
Anders Krisar was born 1973 in Stockholm, Sweden
Lives and works in Stockholm

Black Milk

Black Milk Leggings designed by James Lillis.

Ken-Ichi Murata

Born in 1957 in the city of Osaka, Japan, photographer Ken-Ichi Murata still lives and works there.His art is a sensational new discovery.
The pretty Japanese girls in his hand-colored black-and-white photographs transport us into the erotic fantasy worlds of a Japanese artist who is inspired by thousand-year-old traditions and sexual rites.
Murata enchants us with nymph-like princesses and half-nude girls in kimonos. Here are stimulating role play and exotic charm in their purest form.
Murata began displaying his art photography at a public exhibition in Tokyo in 1996. It was a huge success and was the first glimpse the work got into the amazing dream world of this most amazing artist. 

Daniela Bramanti Romano

Some photographs of my sister Daniela aka Didi.
Daniela Bramanti Romano was born in Bogotà (Colombia) in 1979.
Currently lives and works between Syracuse, Catania and Torino.

Marco Testini

by Marco Testini

Irony and double meaning are the key operations Marco Testini which tends to play sometimes with the meaning of the word, adapting it to work and in some cases, adapt the work to the word. It is an ironic sarcasm then, that the artist decides to tackle this performance to analyze and critique of attitudes of the public art and everyday life. The artist wants to attract the attention of the viewer with a declared "provocation", making it participates directly and indirectly to the installation. From the walls leaving hundreds of white indices, pointing toward the audience. The fingers are plaster casts of indices "lent" by friends, artists, professors, journalists Testini involved in the operation. The same indices then pointing the finger at themselves and the artist involved on this occasion, Marco Testini, which will continue to scale indexes of all the people who will present the opening day come here to a  (self-) critical

Social Awareness

by Kultnation™
Posters commissioned by Ventilate

Kimiko Yoshida

Other 82 self portrait by Kimiko Yoshida

Hilo Chen

Hilo Chen is an hyperrealist painter born in Taiwan in 1942. He moved to Paris and then to New-York in 1968. He paints women suntanning at the beach or the pool.

Katy Grannan

Born 1969, Arlington, Massachusetts
Currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Martin Erik Andersen

The Gospel of Truth, 2001

Martin Erik Andersen was born 1964 in Denmark.
He lives and works in Copenhagen.

Eleanor Antin

Going Home from Roman Allegories, 2004

Eleanor Antin was born in New York City in 1935. An influential performance artist, filmmaker, and installation artist, Antin delves into history—whether of ancient Rome, the Crimean War, the salons of nineteenth-century Europe, or her own Jewish heritage and Yiddish culture—as a way to explore the present.

Xavier Veilhan

Xavier Veilhan was born in 1963 in Lyon, France.
Works and lives in Paris.

Wayne Levin

Wayne Levin has spent a career photographing the eerie and mysterious underwater world. Working in black and white, he removes the surface illusions about the ocean and the assumptions about underwater photography. Levin earned his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York. His monograph, Through a Liquid Mirror (Editions Limited, 1998), received the Hawaii Book Publishers Association's award for Book of the Year. Levin received the Photographer's Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council (1989); and the National Endowment for the Arts (1984). His photographs are widely exhibited and are in major public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Bishop Museum, Honolulu; and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Carlos & Jason Sanchez

Descent, 2003.

The Sanchez brother excell at making the most horrible premises seem stylish and cinematic. Their large-scale photographs stem from our deepest fears and darkest thoughts but, like Hitchcock movies, they are very hard to look away from. After careful staging and designing their photos take months of processing before being finished. Every detail in the picture should lead to the intended emotion. Every detail should further the frightening narrative unravelling in our heads. Their highly suggestive scenes are to be disected layer by layer to discover a gutwrenching truth. A truth that can be different for anyone who sees the picture. By careful planning the Sanchez brothers are able to tell a multitude of stories in a single frame.