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. (…) 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
Galerie Imane Farès supports the artists Sinzo Aanza, Basma Alsharif, Sammy Baloji, Ali Cherri, Alia Farid, Mohssin Harraki, Emeka Ogboh, Younès Rahmoun and James Webb.
Four exhibitions are held at the gallery each year, providing an opportunity to present new productions. Every two years, it proposes a new version of a collective proposal, which is an excellent occasion to present artists with multidisciplinary and committed practices, little known in France. Even year since 2019, it organizes the Quinzaine de la Vidéo, an annual exhibition is commissioned to an independent curator to feature films and videos by emerging artists. It also frequently participates in publishing and co-publishing projects to promote the work of artists through books.
Each exhibition at the gallery is accompanied by the publication of a journal, for which renowned art critics and curators are invited to write. They have included Roxana Azimi, Karima Boudou, Cécile Bourne-Farrell, Mehdi Brit, Odile Burluraux, Julie Crenn, N’Goné Fall, Caroline Hancock, Alexandre Kazerouni, Loïc Le Gall, Bernard Marcadé, 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.
Galerie Imane Farès is a member of Paris Gallery MAP and the Comité Professionel des Galeries d’Art.
Imane Farès, Founder
Line Ajan, Gallery Manager (in sabbatical 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 previously worked in the New Media department of the Musée national d’art moderne / Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), in Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche (Paris), and as assistant of several artists.
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).