« La Première », Paris
« La Première »
a group exhibition with Sarah Margnetti, Tanja Nis-Hansen and Georgia Sowerby
Sans titre (2016)
33 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
75010 Paris, France
Receiving her BA from ECAL in Lausanne and her MA from HEAD in Geneva, Sarah Margnetti (b. 1983 in Monthey, lives and works in Brussels and Lausanne) went on to get a technical training at The Van der Kelen-Logelain Institute in Brussels, one of the first schools dedicated to the study of decorative painting. Founded in 1882, it’s also one of the few places where art education is not about free expression, but about learning one strict, ancient discipline. Mastering the technique of trompe l’oeil, Margnetti has developed a virtuous painting style that combines optical illusions and abstract motives. Margnetti has shown her work in solo and duo shows at Last Tango, Zurich (2019), Bombon Projects, Barcelona (2018) and at Silicon Malley, Lausanne (2016). Her work had been confronted with Kiki Kogelnik’s at SALTS, Basel (2016) in a show curated by Elise Lammer and Samuel Leuenberger. Group exhibitions include the Swiss Art Award 2018 (Basel), the Espace d’Art Contemporain Les Halles (Porrentruy), the Penthouse Art Residency (Brussels), Deborah Bowmann (Brussels), the Swiss Institute in Rome (Italy) and the “Les Urbaines” festival (Lausanne).
Tanja Nis-Hansen (b. 1988, lives and works in Berlin) studied at the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna before achieving her BFA and MFA at the Academy of Fine Art, Hamburg with professor Jutta Koether. Her praxis is hugely influenced by the tradition of theater and she’s interested in creating a meeting point between painting and performance. Nis-Hansen has shown her work in solo exhibitions at Come Over Chez Malik’s (2017) and at the Golden Pudel Club (2015) both in Hamburg. Recent group exhibitions include Crum Heaven, Stockholm (2019), Rumpelstiltskin, New York, Galleria Federico Vavassori, Milan, Munchener Kammerspiele, Munich (2018), and Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg (2017).
She was awarded a grant by the Danish Art Council in 2019, after being nominated for the Hanburger Arbeitsstipendium, the Hiscox Kunstpreis and the Schues Nachwuchsforrderung all in 2018.
Georgia Sowerby (b. 1991) received her BA with honors from the Wimbledon College of Art in 2014, before achieving her MA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2018. In her own words, her practice “parasites” art history, the occult and feminist theory to investigate the gap between visual imagery and language. Recent exhibitions include Block 336 (solo), SET Space Bermondsey, and Belmacz Gallery, all in London. She was awarded the Almacantar Studio Award in 2018 and the Felix Slade Scholarship in 2016. Georgia Sowerby currently lives and works in London.