Farah Atassi

1981 · Belgium

Artist biography

Farah Atassi is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Sébastien Plevoets, Fabien Huleux, Delphine Deguislage, Bijl, and Jurgen Ots. Farah Atassi was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Farah Atassi is represented by 4 galleries around the world, including countries such as Belgium and France. Galleries include Almine Rech Gallery | Brussels and Galerie Michel Rein in Belgium, as well as GDM | Paris in France. Farah Atassi most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Josh Lilley in London with the exhibition Fun House. The exhibition was open from 05 July 2018 until 10 August 2018. Farah Atassi's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Solo show (28 February 2018 - 07 April 2018) at Galerie Michel Rein in Belgium and Collection 100 % (01 January 2018 - 31 March 2018) at GDM | Paris in France.

Farah Atassi in private collections

It is the collector Giovanni Springmeier, who is in possession of artwork by Farah Atassi at Artland. Giovanni Springmeier also has works by other artists including Sandro Diener, Ali Hasanov, and Farhad Farzali.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been a vibrant artistic centre since the later part of the 19th century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to significant influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late nineteenth century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was a significant hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a key artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Farah Atassi

Born in 1981, Farah Atassi's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this agenda.

Farah Atassi

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 8

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