“Romain Tichit”

Yesterday Is Aujourd’hui

After Brussels and before New York, the YIA fair is opening its doors for the first time in Basel. Romain Tichit, the dynamic founder of Young International Artists, here retraces his background, his projects, his doubts… And restates that Yesterday Is Aujourd’hui!   It often begins this way, as a passion, or an interest shared with friends. “Parallel to my job in advertising and the digital technologies, I used to organise exhibitions with artists in so-called nomad locations,” explains Romain Tichit, he of the unruly hair and three-day stubble. In the advertising world, he passed through Publicis, DDB and Lagardère. It was “Dynasty”, the show jointly presented at the Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, that urged him to change direction. This mega-exhibition gathered around forty artists over nearly 5,000 m2, including Farah Atassi, Bertrand Dezoteux, Camille Henrot, Théo Mercier, Jean-Xavier Renaud, Bettina Samson and Oscar Tuazon. “In 2010, after ‘Dynasty’, I decided to set up the YIA (Young International Artists) concept, a fair to support the emerging scene.” In 2012, Romain Tichit founded the communication agency LFDAC (La Française des Arts Contemporains), which continues to be his instrument for steering YIA. In the first years, the initial concept was clear: exhibiting young artists represented by gallerists in (post-)industrial sites. For its first edition, it showed artists including Vincent Ganivet, Hsia Fei Chang, Lionel Sabatté and Guillaume Cabantous. It then worked its way across Paris, from the Cartonnerie to the Bastille Design Center, Loft Sévigné, the Espace Morin, the Espace Commines as well as the Galerie Joseph on Rue de Turenne. “After a number of editions in more or less confidential locations, we managed to get the hall of the Carreau du Temple, which we’ve been occupying for four years now.” This...

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YIA Art Fair back with a bang

For five years now one art fair in particular has succeeded in making its mark on the dense landscape of events during the FIAC, namely the Young International Art Fair (YIA). This year the YIA took over the Carreau du Temple (3rd arrondissement of Paris) for the second year in a row for a relatively short period of time: from Friday October 23 to Sunday, October 25 2015. The fair, which, in the words of its director Romain Tichit, “focuses on the emerging art scene,” has known consistently high interest with nearly 10,000 entries. It welcomed 70 galleries from 16 different countries (over 60% remained French) into the 2,500 m2 of Carreau du Temple. Nearly two hundred artists were presented. An atmosphere conducive to sales As the fair drew to a close, Romain Tichit seemed pleased with this latest edition: “We had good returns, a really satisfying result for some French and international galleries such as Galerie Derouillon (Paris), the Galerie Sator (Paris ), the Zahorian Gallery (Bratislava) and Tamar Dresdner Gallery (Tel Aviv). Other galleries, also exhibiting, such as Galerie Maria Lund (Paris) or Galerie Patricia Dorfmann (Paris) have also seemed happy.” It is an optimism that came through when some of the exhibitors spoke about the fair. According to Françoise Adamsbaum, of the Galerie Keza (Paris): “YIA is getting stronger. It’s a good sized fair and the artistic level is good.” The gallery owner, who participated in the fair’s third edition, presented a solo show dedicated to Miguel Chevalier: “It seemed interesting to present the variety of his work and forms, which range from 3D sculpture, video, installation, etc.” The gallery has managed to sell one of his sculptures made using a 3D printer, which Adamsbaum says will become “the major works by Miguel Chevalier in the future.” For its part, the Galerie des petits...

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