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Residency




Rethinking the gallery space as space for artistic creation is the main theme of our four-week residency program.

During the first two weeks, the art gallery which is traditionally an exhibition space designed for the sale of artworks is transformed into a place of research and production.

The artist, supposedly a free component within this new space, contributes to the metamorphosis of the gallery into a creative workspace. The space thus transformed, partially loses its original function and becomes essential to the artistic production.

The residency is  complemented with special events (workshops, conferences, projections…) and ends in a two-week exhibition of the works produced by the artist. 








Residency  2019


Kensuke Koike

Kensuke Koike is a Japanese artist that lives and works in Venice. By performing a manual transformation of the object, the artist deconstructs the photographic image and reveals its infinite possibilities.
Paris 

SEPTIEME Gallery

Kensuke’s Room. Forever Mine.
















Forever Mine.

Paris. In the afternoon of a warm autumn Sunday, among the stalls of a flea market, a picture is found by a Japanese artist, helplessly in love with the unknown woman portrayed.
This newfound image, appeared almost magically amongst thousands of pictures of unknown people – main cause of the feeling of mad love shaping his Parisian days – pushes the artist to discover what is concealed behind the beauty of the portrait by which he has been bewitched. read more


Kensuke Koike.

Kensuke Koike is a Japanese artist based in Venice, Italy.

By performing a manual transformation of the object, the artist deconstructs the photographic image and reveals its infinite possibilities. Kensuke seems to perform a surgical operation on these rediscovered objects, giving to us a re-reading of what we could include in today’s debate on media manipulation in the post-photographic era.

So, where is the truth of the image hiding? Perhaps, only by vivisecting the photograph, only by recomposing it in one of its infinite forms, it is possible to arrive at revealing the essence of an image. Yet, together with its infinity and durability, when subjected to a clean and unrepeatable cut by the artist, the image becomes unique.


The Room Projects  x  SEPTIEME Gallery

SEPTIEME Gallery is a new iteration of the gallery – thoughtfully and purposefully disobedient, with an undercurrent of activism. This vision comes to life through the decompartmentalization of ideas and practices, the widespread international presence of their artists, the fostering of unexpected collaborations and openness to new encounters. 


RESIDENCY: 25.11.19 – 13.12.19
EXHIBITION: 14.12.19 – 18.01.19


An exhibition by Kensuke Koike
Curated by Alessandra Chiericato


SEPTIEME Gallery
31, rue de l’université
75007 – Paris