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Claire Fontaine
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Claire Fontaine

Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective artist founded in 2004. Borrowing her name from the popular French brand of school exercise books, Claire Fontaine appropriates the notion of ready-made through the use of neon, sculpture, painting, text and video. Her work comments on global events, politics and society through their “détournement” of powerful symbols and status objects, and criticizes the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary life today. She has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions: Foreigners Everywhere, The Jewish Museum, Moscow (2013); Carelessness Causes Fire, Audain Gallery, Vancouver (2012); Fighting Gravity, Regina Gallery, London (2011); and Closed for Prayers, Dvir Gallery, Hangar 2, Jaffa Port, Israel (2010). She has participated in group exhibitions, such as Performa 13, New York (2013); KADIST: Pathways into a collection, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012); and Untitled, 12th Istanbul Biennal, Istanbul (2011).