“Henni Alftan”

An interview with Galerie Claire Gastaud’s Henni Alftan at Art Paris 2015

Henni Alftan is a Finnish artist from Helsinki who has been living and working in France since 1998. AMA got the chance to speak to the artist about her solo exhibition at the Galerie Claire Gastaud, Stand B3, live from Art Paris 2015. How did you get into art? I have been painting since I was six and I always knew that I wanted to be an artist. It was evident that art was something that I was destined to study. How does Art Paris compare to other art fairs that you have exhibited at before? Grand Palais makes a big difference; it’s a really nice venue and it has a lot of exposure. I haven’t exhibited at many art fairs but I’ve done Art Paris a couple of times. This year, I think that there are a lot more high-quality stands, perhaps because of the number of solo shows, I’m not sure, but there’s definitely a lot more high-quality artworks. Can you speak to us about the works you have on display today? What is the standout piece from the booth in your opinion? I was shortlisted for the Emerige prize with the painting that we have hung on the outside of the booth, Vandalism (2014). I exhibited it there and I wanted to show it again because it’s a painting that talks about painting. We had about 30 works to choose from so we made a selection based on what could possibly work together. The idea is to give a general view of the works, without showing absolutely everything in one show. There is no connecting theme or concept. I normally work in series; they don’t necessarily look a like but they have an overarching title. These works are from different series. I suppose all of my...

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