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Artistic direction

The year 2016 marks a new stage in the evolution of the fair. SLICK is the first contemporary art fair to be exclusively dedicated to the French art scene.The fair is thus engaged in adding value to the artistic community which the fair organizers proudly belong to. This represents an opportunity to bring together galleries, artists and collectors around an exclusive event. Visitors will be incited to learn more about and support the multidimensional French art scene, both around emerging and established artists because international recognition starts with national recognition.

In order to steer the fair in this new direction, art critic and curator Julie Crenn has been nominated SLICK artistic director. Her deep expertise in the French contemporary art scene, critical engagement and unique curatorial approach make her well poised to coherently address the new positioning of the fair.

Julie Crenn will work towards selecting the galleries and artists that will participate in the next edition of the fair in October 2016, as well as curate and direct La Platforme.

biography

Julie Crenn is art history PhD, art critic and curator. She got her Art History and Critic Master (Rennes II University, 2006), she wrote a memoir on Frida Kahlo. In the continuity of her researches on the feminist and postcolonial art practices and theories she wrote her PhD thesis (Bordeaux III University, 2012) on the subject of Contemporary Textile Arts linked with memory, History identities and Gender. She also writes on African contemporary arts and contributes for journals as Africultures, Chinumenga and Afrique in Visu. She also contributes for art journals as Artpress, Laura, Ligeia, N. Paradoxa, Seismopolite, Genre & Histoire, Inter Art Actuel, Slicker and La Belle Revue. Curator since 2013, she presented several exhibitions in Belgium (Brussels, Ghent) and France (Paris, Caen).