ABOUT Isabelle Grosse

As a photographer, Isabelle Grosse has developed a personal visual process called “Outlining”, in which she frames groups (crowds, cities, objects, landscapes) within images to reveal  collective forms. In 2005, Isabelle Grosse started to develop an outdoor interactive video project which questioned collective mobility. She is the author of « Upstream », a monumental interactive video installation which was set up in front of the Paris City Hall during the well-known “Nuit Blanche 2005″. This same installation was shown the following year on one of the most famous squares of Bucarest (Romania). The artist’s work implicitly states that our way of occupying space responds to the structure we live in. The art of Isabelle Grosse relies on both groups and individuals. Between 2010 and 2011, the artist has been working on a new  topic: video calls. In the project “UBI-Screen”, in collaboration with the sociologist Dana Diminescu, she focused on how the use of Skype and webcams changes the perception of space. With the help of French Cinematography Agency, the CNC, she produced an interactive movie on the Internet named “UBI Screen”. This web movie is processed through a totally new interface that the artist has entirely conceived, and which enables viewers to switch from one web movie character to another, without breaking the conversation flow between the characters.   From one medium to another, photography, video, interactive design, scientific imaging, Isabelle always addresses questions related to the occupation of space in contemporary society. This renowned artist is referenced in the book “The Photography in France 1970-2005″, Cultures France Editions. She is represented in major public and private collections, such as the National Contemporary Art Fund, the Municipal Fund of Contemporary Art of the City of Paris, the UBS Foundation Collection. Isabelle Grosse was invited by UCLA in May 2016 as a speaker during the « Diasporas Mini Lab Day » http://frenchculture.org/visual-and-performing-arts to talk about her project Ubi_Screen.

Selected solo exhibitions

2016 invited speaker at UCLA (Universty of California)

2014-2015 October-January, « Structures in Chaos », Gianna Sistu Gallery (Paris)

2009 Docks Art Fair, Lyon, France

« Dis-Appearances », Vanessa Quang gallery, Paris (France)

2008 « Shaping », Maison des Arts de Malakoff (France)

2006 « Bouger les mots », interactive public installation, Bucarest (Romania)

2005 « Upstream », monumental interactive installation, Paris city hall square (France)

2004 « Cache:moi », Nuit Blanche Paris (France)

Photo studio, installation, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

« Reversible », Centre for contemporary art, Castres (France)

2003 Residency, Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux (France)

2001 « Formatter », Anton Weller gallery, Paris (France)

1998 « Urban marker », 150 meter long urban strip on the walls of Odeon National Theatre, Paris

1997 « Recto/Verso », installation, National House of radio, Paris (France)

Cannes film Festival, installation for the 50th edition of the french film festival (France)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 « Collectionner aujourd’hui », Saint-Restitut contemporary art center (France)

2011 « Modèles danses », European month for photography, Arsenal de Metz (France)

« Home sweet home », Arthotheque du Limousin (France)

2009 Contemporary drawing art fair in Paris, Vanessa Quang gallery (France)

European Photography Month (Luxembourg)

2008 « l’Artothèque au Musée », Art and archeology Museum, Gueret (France)

« The Month of images », Ho Chi Min (Vietnam)

2007 « Venezia video art fair », Venice (Italy)

« Transimages 2 », French Institute, Yokohama (Japan)

« Rencontres photographiques de Solignac » (France)

2006 « Transimages 1 », French Institute, Yokohama (Japan)

2004 « video : séquence 1 », Maison des Arts de Malakoff (France)

« autres frontières », Artothèque du Limousin (France)

2003 « Inout Festival », Praha (Czech Republic)

« A l’année prochaine », Artothèque du Limousin (France)

2002 « Trade », NFI (Nederlands Foto Institut), Rotterdam (The Nederlands)

La Fabrique, Tokyo (Japan)

« Quick Mode/ Mode acceleré », Vox gallery, Montreal (Canada)

2001 « Trade », Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland)

Art Forum Berlin, Anton Weller gallery (Germany)

FIAC Paris, Anton Weller gallery (France)

2000 « emplacements/deplacements », Anton Weller gallery, Paris (France)

« domiciles », Tanlay Art center, Tanlay (France)

« L’art dans le vent », Chamarande Art Center (France)

« Les semaines européennes de l’image », le Havre (France)

1999 FIAC Paris, Anton Weller gallery (France)

1997 « Le centenaire d’Aragon », Blanc Mesnil Center for Culture (France)

Public collections

FNAC (French National Fund for Contemporary Art)

BDIC Museum (Paris)

Fond Municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris (City of Paris Fund for Contemporary Art)

Fond Départemental d’art contemporain du Nord (North Region Fund for Contemporary Art)

Fond Départemental d’art contemporain de l’Essonne (Essonne Distr. Fund for Contemporary Art)

Artothèque du Limousin (Limousin Contemporary Art Museum)

Private Collections

CMA-CGM Corporate Foundation (third largest container shipping company in the world)

UBS Corporate Collection (Switzerland)

COLAS Corporate Collection (largest road building company in the world



Identity : Antoine Seguin 2017 / Credits site : Isabelle Grosse