say hi to_ The Community
There are few things I love more than discovering new projects and spaces around Paris started by other young creatives. So when I received an e-mail from Aapo Nikkanen, a Finnish artist living in Paris, inviting me to visit a new exhibition space last weekend - I was very curious to check it out.
Aapo is part of a creative collective of 8 Finnish multidisciplinary artists living and working in Paris coming together as "The Community: Offline". They recently opened their doors in the heart of the diverse and dynamic Chateau d'Eau neighborhood in Paris, in a versatile creative exhibition space.
The neighborhood is full of life with with a vibrant African community, lively and chic bars and restaurants which was much in need of a gallery and outlet for the creative community. One of the things I loved about the space is that it is converted from a once barbershop, where they chose to leave and integrate those remnant details in the gallery. It not only gave a great ambiance with the brightly colored pink walls and pops of concrete, but was the perfect bridge to connect to the local community.
I was pleased to have the chance to spend half an hour chatting and laughing with founder Tuukka Laurila, artist Aapo Nikkanen and head curator Sini Rinne-Kanto about the initiative. In short, I discovered that 'The Community' was born from a shared desire to encourage dialogue between creatives from different disciplines by proposing them a multidisciplinary platform to exchange. It offers an alternative to conventional gallery and industry practices through a collaborative and evolutionary approach to exhibiting art, and exploring the potential of the reclaimed physical framework. In addition to their future event programming, The Community : Online will be gradually launched to mirror the physical space as an all-inclusive digital platform, to further explore different ways of collaboration.
I'm looking forward to see how 'The Community' develops and thrilled to have a new creative initiative in the neighborhood.
Sandra Vaka Olsen, Hadrien Gerenton, François Patoue, Aapo Nikkanen, Maria Korkeila, Ensæmble, Vivi Raila, Ninjat, NOT, Yashka, Elina Laitinen, Sia Rosenberg, The Art Markets, Khaos Publishing, Jean Boîte Éditions, Thompson Street Studio