06 Jun 2019 – 20 Jul 2019
Set up in 2012 by Olivia Maëlle Breleur, the Maëlle Gallery supports contemporary artistic creation both nationally and internationally. Situated in the Belleville district of Paris, the gallery seeks to foster an «archipelagic thinking». Reflected in a fragmented and cohesive line, it resolutely embraces questions of space – residual or in a state of ruin – memory, history, bodies and identities, gender – be it cultural or sexual – and takes a sensory approach that may be anthropological, social or political.
The Maëlle Gallery defends the work of established artists, such as Jean- François Boclé, Ernest Breleur and Sébastien Mehal, but also those emerging on the international scene, such as Agata Kus, Jérémie Paul and Allan Villavicencio. The gallery is also a platform for confirmed artists participating in major solo or collective exhibitions and whose works belong to major public and private collections: the Saatchi Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, FRAC (Poitou-Charentes, Martinique, Réunion), the World Bank, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Fondation Clément, Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Antoine de Galbert, and the Fondation de Corse pour la promotion de l’art contemporain...
Aware of the need to break down the barriers in imaginations, the Maëlle Gallery is also committed to Caribbean artists and envisages the « Greater Caribbean » as a vast Afro-Latino-American region. The gallery focuses in particular on emerging and major names of the Caribbean ; artists whose history naturally articulates with those of Africa, the United States and Latin America.
The Maëlle Gallery also proposes a program of exhibitions presenting the works of historic artists, such as Paul-Armand Gette, Alain Faure, Fred Forest, ORLAN and Claudio Perna, internationally renowned artists, such as Eduardo Kac, Barthélémy Toguo, Yasmina Bouziane, but also emerging artists, such as Julien Creuzet, Daniel Otero Torres, Nicolas Momein, Alexandre Bavard, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, and Nelson Pernisco.
In the wake of Edouard Glissant, Maëlle Gallery refutes the notion of a « single root » and inscribes itself in a « totality-world » that artists let themselves traverse to constitute a « new region of the world ».
The gallery is present at an array of international fairs: ZsONA MACO (Mexico, 2017, 2018, 2019), Untitled (Miami, 2017, 2018), AKAA (Paris, 2017), YIA (Paris 2016), Art Paris Art Fair (Paris, 2016), Swab (Barcelone, 2015) , or Art Marbella (Marbella, 2016) with « Focus Venezuela », a non-commercial proposition backing the resistance movement in the light of the country’s political and economic crisis. The gallery thus confirms its commitment and its desire to take a stance in causes that it feels are vital.
The Maëlle Galerie is an active member of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art and of Grand Belleville.