Biennial Identity

The visual identity of this first edition is plural, transgenerational and international, embodied by 3 exceptional ateliers that give pride of place to sublime, timeless materials:
King Houndekpinkou, Simone Pheulpin and Wu Jianan.

King Houndekpinkou

King Houndekpinkou is a French-Beninese ceramist based near Paris. A member of the Académie Internationale de la Céramique (AIC), he works in France, Japan and Benin.

King has developed a practice that blends tradition, spirituality and visceral work with matter. Questioning the porous boundaries that separate craft from art today, the artist creates works at the crossroads between his personal history and the universal narrative of working with clay.

King Houndekpinkou has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Africa and internationally, including in 2023 "Art Du Bénin, d'Hier et d'Aujourd'hui: de la Restitution à la Révélation - Contemporain, Musée Mohammed VI d'Art Moderne & Contemporain, Rabat (MA)

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King Houndekpinkou
©KEPLR Studios
Simone Pheulpin
©Antoine Lippens

Simone Pheulpin

Simone Pheulpin, a renowned textile artist based in France and represented by the maison parisienne gallery, has defined a totally singular style and production technique. Her cotton works, composed of strata, faults and concretions, seem to defy time and tell the story of the textile artist's view of nature and the world. Her approach and know-how are rooted in a unique personal technique, using folding to create organic sculptures with infinite textures.

Her work can be found in some of the world's most important private collections, as well as in the public collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (FR), the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK) and the Fine Arts Museum in Chicago (USA).

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wu Jian'an

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Wu Jian'an, born in 1980, works and lives in Beijing. He is currently a professor and deputy dean of the School of Experimental Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, among other professional activities.

In his creative work, Wu focuses on the iconic Chinese techniques of shadow painting and paper-cutting, which he continues to develop and innovate with a contemporary twist. Over the years, he has continued to search for the intrinsic link between folk techniques and the way images are generated. This has not only given birth to his personal creative style, but has also allowed him to construct a visual link between contemporary art and ancient culture.

His works are present in the most important public and private collections in China and the USA. Wu Jian'an is represented by the PIFO gallery.

Wu Jian'an