Farah Atassi

Portrait Farah Atassi - Courtesy studio de l'artiste © Adagp, Paris, 2024
Portrait Farah Atassi - Courtesy studio de l'artiste © Adagp, Paris, 2024

Born in 1981 in Brussels, Farah Atassi lives and works in Paris.

Farah Atassi develops a figurative painting using the vocabulary of abstract painting: the striking geometric shapes that make up the composition create spaces in which objects are “exhibited”. Her paintings use thick layering and retouches, contrasting with the rigidity of the straight lines. Akin to collages, they meticulously combine anachronic forms that appear contradictory, borrowed from sculpture, painting, and design.

Graduating from the ENSBA in 2005, she was discovered through the Dynasty exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Palais de Tokyo. Her work was also presented in the 2010 exhibition Le Centre Pompidou à l’Ermitage at the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg in 2016 and at the Lisbon Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in 2017. Winner of the Prix Jean-François Prat in 2012, she was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2013 before leaving for a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. In 2014, Le Grand Café, Centre d’art Contemporain de Saint-Nazaire, and Le Portique, Centre d’art Contemporain du Havre devoted a solo exhibition to her, as did Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp in 2015. In 2018, she held a solo exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Cambrai, as well as at the Consortium de Dijon in 2019. This exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue published by Les Presses du Réel. Her work was presented in 2022 for a solo exhibition at Musée Picasso.

Her works are presented in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Fondation Louis Vuitton – LVMH, Marciano Collection in Los Angeles, and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, among others.