Atelier Vis à Vis, Marseille
Jean-Jacques Surian, Driss Aroussi, Kei Sugiyama
Atelier Vis-à-Vis presents its latest art multiples made in collaboration with the Marseille artists Jean-Jacques Surian and Driss Aroussi as well as the Japanese artist Kei Sugiyama. Founded in 1987 by the artist Emès-Manuel de Matos, Atelier Vis à-Vis defines itself as a research laboratory around visual arts and paper. In 35 years, more than 250 publications, prints and artists’ books have been produced in its silkscreen and typography studios.
By giving carte blanche to Kei Sugiyama and Driss Aroussi, Atelier Vis-à-Vis proposes to the public a crossing vision of two port cities: Kobe and Marseille. Considered by these two artists photographers, they are exhibited through their transversality in two polyptychs series of 8 silkscreen prints and a bilingual artist’s book. Experiences of a constitutive contemplation, the working world and the naval architecture will be fixed durably revealing perhaps numerous social questions. The work of Jean-Jacques Surian echoes this with humor and off-beatness. After «la Shampouineuse», the artist collaborates once again with Atelier Vis-à-Vis on 2 unpublished prints where each detail is necessary to the whole in a complete sarcastic freedom.