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Deborah Farnault
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: The convergence of urbanism and landscape is the foundation of my work. Through the use of photography-based research, I observe social structures. I address the ideas of absence, romanticism, representation, and authenticity of experience. I use the myth of primal nature (powerful and self-sufficient) and confront it to settlement and gatherings. Observing how our relation to landscape has turned into a spectacle, I record parades, tourist itineraries, gated communities and national parks. My images represent a landscape that is both majestic and oppressive, and produce a dichotomy of the wild and the tamed. Working with a diversity of media creates a panoramic story about the perception of reality, and about the significance of the visual image as the sign and the recording of collective experience. I illustrate the search for an “ideal” landscape or for some peace of mind, balancing back and forth between chaotic and peaceful visions. It is a collection of encounters and sensory experiences, while making our way through life and getting lost in unconstrained thoughts. This experience that could be one of contemplation ends up being one of frustration. “As such, we fill in meaning based on our own experiences, perception and desires.” (1) (1) This Must Be the Place, a text about Deborah Farnault’s work by Barbara Adams and David Peppas, 2012
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ARTIST RESUME:


Born on July 9, 1983 in Paris, France
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY USA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012
This Must Be The Place – Phase 2, Spazio Morris, Milan, Italy
This Must Be The Place – Phase 1, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY

2011
When We Talk About Love, Littlefield Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009
I Haven’t Seen The Place I Have Looked At, a collaboration with Emmanuelle Giora, Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg, France

2008
Unveil, Studio Descartes, Ivry-sur-Seine, France


COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
2013
XXII, Spazio Morris, Milan, Italy
IPCNY 44th New Prints, International Print Center New York, New York, NY
New Print, Bushwick Print Lab, Brooklyn, NY
Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
B+W Print, Bushwick Print Lab, Brooklyn, NY
New Prints, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2012
NURTUREart 2012 Benefit, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY
Oxheart, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY

2011
NURTUREart 2011 Benefit, Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, NY
Free Hand to Strasbourg Art Library, La Chaufferie Gallery, Strabourg, France
Curate NYC 2011, New York, NY

2010
Pop Up, DAC-Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2009
St-Art, European Contemporary Art Fair, 14th edition, represented by the City of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Montrouge’s Salon for Contemporary Art, 54th edition, Montrouge, France

2008
MFA Graduation Show, ESAD, Strasbourg, France

2007
Supermarket 2007, International Contemporary Art Fair, presented by Koh-i-noor Gallery (Copenhagen, Denmark), Stockholm, Sweden
Exchange Show, Project Gallery-ESAD, Strasbourg, France

2006
Art in the conditional present-Landscapes of the XXIst Century, La Chaufferie Gallery, Strasbourg, France
Landscape-Politics-Identity, La Chaufferie Gallery, Strasbourg, France


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Art Library of the City of Strasbourg, France


RESIDENCIES & AWARDS
2013
Drawing Center – Viewing Program, Selected artist, New York, NY

2012
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Swing Space Residency Program, Artist-In-Residence, New York, NY

2010
The Old American Can Factory, Artist-In-Residence, Brooklyn, NY

2009
Montrouge’s Salon for Contemporary Art, Creation prize, Selected artist, Montrouge, France

2008
N.I.S./Treignac Projet, Studio Research Program, Treignac, France

2007
N.I.S./Treignac Projet, Studio Research Program, Treignac, France


PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS
2013
Landscapes–Look Around, Press feature by Daniela Iraci in: Popdam Magazine, Milan, Italy
Spazio Morris presenta la mostra XXII, Press review Flash Art Online, Italy
Gallery Night: International Print Center New York, Video review by Blouin Artinfo, NYC, USA
The Invention of non-art, Press review by Muriel Quancard in: Opus Insider, NYC, USA

2012
This Must Be The Place, Text by Barbara Adams and David Peppas
Due anni di contemporaneo a Milano [...], Press review by Adriana Polveroni, in: Exibart, Milan, Italy
Deborah Farnault. This Must Be The Place, Press review by Rosella Ghezzi, in: Corriere Della Sera, Milan, Italy
Deborah Farnault, Press review by Elena Bari, in: UnDo, Milan, Italy
Deborah Farnault’s “This Must Be The Place,” Press review by Joelle Panisch, in: Soho Journal, NYC, USA
Schizm #4, Publication by Emma Holmes, London, UK
Will Oxheart be the next factory [...]? Press review by Elyssa Goodman, in: Art Nouveau Magazine, NYC, USA

2011
What did you just see? Text by Joanna Zielinska
Landscapes reexamined, Press review by Agatha Gilmore, in: Beacon Pass NYC, USA

2010
Art Library of the City of Strasbourg, Catalogue publication of the collection, France

2009
Deborah Farnault, Text by Vivian Rehberg, in: 101 Artists to Discover-54th Montrouge’s Salon, France
Plasticiens et vidéastes, Press review by Julie Carpentier, in: DNA-Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace, France

2008
Diplômes 2008-ESAD, Catalogue publication in conjunction with the City of Strasbourg, France

2007
Deborah Farnault, Text by Sam Basu


TEACHING & LECTURES
2012
Guest lecturer, Global Issues In Design, invited by Michelle Labrague, The New School - Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Guest lecturer, Global Issues In Design, invited by Barbara Adams, The New School - Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

2011
Guest lecturer, Global Issues In Design, invited by Juliana Cope, The New School - Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

2007-2008
Photography Teacher Assistant, ESAD Academy of Art, Strasbourg, France
Silkscreen Printing Teacher Assistant, ESAD Academy of Art, Strasbourg, France


EDUCATION
2009
MA in Cultural Politics and Art Management with honors, Institute of Political Studies, Strasbourg, France

2008
MFA with honors, major Photography, ESAD Academy of Art, Strasbourg, France

2007
MFA 1st year, New Media Department, KUVA-Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland

2006
BFA, ESAD Academy of Art, Strasbourg, France

2002-2003
Foundation Studies in Fine Arts, ESAG-Penninghen & Ateliers de Sèvres, Paris, France
 








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