In addition to its new PROJECT SPACE, for its fourth edition Art on Paper introduces a number of SIDE PROJECTS, produced in collaboration with various public and private partners. This programme allows the fair to continue its journey of exploration and document the most experimental trends in the field of contemporary drawing.

This year, creative director Marie Cantos has invited Clarissa Baumann, a young Brazilian artist who will produce a performance and an audio-visual installation entitled Dessin.

Clarissa Baumann, Dessin, 2017
View from the performance at Palais de Tokyo (Paris) as part of the group exhibition Les Mains sans sommeil (Artists-in-residence, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès)
© Photo: Tadzio


Clarissa Baumann was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1988, studied at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts and graduated from the College for the Decorative Arts in Rio and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (where her course included a workshop by Ann Veronica Janssens). Alongside her artistic studies, she has been conducting an ongoing research in contemporary dance.

Clarissa Baumann took part in various group shows, including Détours at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris upon graduating, and soon after the 61st Salon de Montrouge and Laboratoire Espace Cerveau, Station 1(0) at the Institut d’art contemporain de Villeurbanne. Recently, she participated in Les Mains sans sommeil, an exhibition showcasing the winners of an artist residency granted by the Fondation Hermès at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), as well as the JCE Biennial for young European designers, an exhibition that is travelling between seven partner countries from 2017 to 2019. At the end of 2018, she will present a solo show at the Dohyang Lee gallery in Paris.


Clarissa Baumann, Dessin, 2017
View of the installation at Palais de Tokyo (Paris) as part of the group exhibition Les Mains sans sommeil (Artists-in-residence, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès)
© Photo: Tadzio


Clarissa Baumann’s practice clearly bears traces of her initial industrial design studies. These days, it is imbued with reflections on and the impact of sound, poetry, choreography and, more generally, language. She initiates a dialogue between body, architecture and memory, observes the mechanisms we use to manage our daily life, and exploits the poetic potential of the tiny changes in the ordinary. The artist’s performances and videos are always considerate of the surrounding spaces, and they frame our view – a long gaze that unfolds just like other recurring elements in this deliberately liminal work: threads, gestures, movements.

This year, the young artist, not surprisingly, will join Christian Rizzo’s renowned Exerce programme at the ICI-CCN in Montpellier to further her knowledge of contemporary dance. After all, didn’t she confess to Atelier A on Arte that she considers her video Architecture pour la mer (2014), in which a thread is unrolled in a perpendicular line towards the sea shore, accentuating the perspective and finally disappearing into the distance, to be an “invisible choreography”?

The Dessin installation will, in turn, be a choreography of the invisible, with no pre-composed music to guide the creation but a soundtrack forged by the performance itself. For Dessin is primarily a sound installation, and the result of the eponymous performance in which Clarissa Baumann focuses on defining a space by her gestures: by using a stick of chalk on the walls of a small room in total darkness. The audience attending the initial performance only perceives the sound of the chalk on the walls, the stick when it breaks, the artist’s footsteps, her breathing, her rapid reactions after every incident with the chalk ... The performance, produced on the occasion of the opening, afterwards remains “visible”, and above all “audible”, throughout the exhibition period.


Performance schedules of Clarissa Baumann for Art on Paper

Thursday 06.09 at 6 pm

Friday 07.09 at 12 am and 2 pm

No prior reservations.

Note, each performance is accessible for a maximum of 15 people