Squat 1 - Paris 2012

186 Avenue Victor Hugo
Paris, France

SQUAT #1 is the result of a fortunate encounter between Nilufar Gallery, Balice Hertling and Dimore Studio. During the period of the FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain), when the French capital is the center of the art world, a 350-sq-m apartment on the Avenue Victor Hugo, in the heart of Paris, becomes the wonderful and exclusive location of the “artistic occupation” created by these three different entities: art, architecture and design meet in an unusual space where the boundaries of these different disciplines challenge and dialogue with each other.

Known for her brave and fearless approach of mixing contemporary and historical design, Nina Yashar brings some of her exceptional pieces including creations by Gaetano Pesce, Jacques Adnet, Gio Ponti and Martino Gamper. Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci from Dimore Studio conceive a new body of work for the exhibition and Daniele Balice of BaliceHertling presents works by Kerstin Braetsch, Oscar Tuazon and Samuel Richardot, along with a selection of historical artworks.

The goal of this ambitious project is their common desire to break the rules of display that currently dominates both the design and art world: the idea of building a fictional private living space will challenge the exhibitor to question the status of the objects in display and push the viewer to read in different ways art and design. Interdisciplinary and voluntarily parachronistic, SQUAT #1 will be the first step of a series of similar projects which will take place in different cities. 

The project is supported by Jean-Marc Israel and coordinated by Julien Desselle (Desselle & Partners).