Galerie Imane Farès is a member of MAP Métropolitain Art Paris and of the Comité Professionel des Galeries d’Art.
Imane Farès became a gallery owner quite late, not out of conformity, but rather out of curiosity. Driven by enthusiasm, she knows how to reassure visitors that are intrigued by the often sophisticated artworks that are displayed behind the large vitrine. Senegalese by birth, Lebanese by origin and Parisian by adoption, Imane Farès – a featherweight woman with jet black eyes – had first developped an import-export business of raw materials in Paris, all while helping a number of African artists. When a space in front of her house became available in 2010, she took a crazy risk: opening her own gallery. Back then, she did not know a lot of people in the art world. With tenacity and a keen eye, she gave conceptual artists (…) from Africa and the Middle East a chance. (…) With those who walk into her door, she knows how to pick the words that lead them to other places. Just like her, the gallery’s team is unique and integer, and hosts visitors with patience, seeking to learn as much as to transmit knowledge about art and the world in motion.
– Roxana Azimi, excerpt from Le Guide Hazan de l’art contemporain 2019, Éditions Hazan, Paris, 2018
Every two years, Imane proposes a collective exhibition to introduce emerging artists. In a quest for originality and dynamism in art, the gallery presents artists with multidisciplinary and engaged practices.
Each exhibition at the gallery is accompanied by the publication of a newspaper, for which renowned art critics and curators are invited to write on the presented artists. They have included Roxana Azimi, Karima Boudou, Cécile Bourne-Farrell, Mehdi Brit, Odile Burluraux, Julie Crenn, N’Goné Fall, Caroline Hancock, Alexandre Kazerouni, Bernard Marcadé, Catherine Millet, Simon Njami, Smooth-Ugochukwu C. Nzewi, Brigitte Ollier, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Rasha Salti, Eyal Sivan, Philippe Trétiack, Phillip Van den Bossche, Ala Younis, Akram Zaatari.
Imane Farès supports Sinzo Aanza, Basma Alsharif, Sammy Baloji, Ali Cherri, Alia Farid, Mohssin Harraki, Emeka Ogboh, Younès Rahmoun and James Webb.
The gallery’s team
Imane Farès, Foundress
Imane Fares established Galerie IF (later renamed Galerie Imane Fares) in 2010 with an exhibition featuring four artists from the Maghreb and Mashreq: Laila Shawa, Laila Muraywid, Ali Cherri and Fouad Bellamine. Some forty exhibitions later, she is still in charge and supports nine artists from Lebanon, Kuwait, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, South Africa and Nigeria.
Bénédicte Delay, Director
Bénédicte Delay joined the gallery in May 2019 after having worked in several galleries (Anthony Reynolds Gallery, Frith Street Gallery), as a consultant in contemporary art and at the Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes.
Line Ajan, Gallery Manager (in sabbatical year until September 2020)
Line Ajan joined the gallery in January 2017 as Gallery Manager after completing her first internship in 2015. For the year 2019-2020, she is a Barjeel Global Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (United States).
Boris Atrux-Tallau, Gallery Manager
Boris Atrux-Tallau joined the gallery in August 2019 as Gallery Manager. He has also worked in the New Media department of the Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Pompidou (Paris) and in Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche (Paris)
Samah Slim, Registrar
Samah Slim has been working at the gallery since February 2019 as main director. Before entering the gallery, he worked at Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche (Paris), at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris) and at Jeu de Paume (Paris).