For Its Second Edition, Paris’s Offscreen Art Fair Returns at an Unexpected Venue—an Empty Brutalist Parking Garage

The interdisciplinary fair is heading for a former car garage in the city's 8th arrondissement.

Grand Garage Haussmann. Photo: Joseph Jabbour. Courtesy of Offscreen.

The second edition of the Paris art fair Offscreen is slated to return this month from October 18 to 22, 2023, in an unexpected venue: a former garage. The monumental Grand Garage Haussmann in Paris’s 8th arrondissement features an iconic Art Deco façade, emblematic of the city, and an expansive Brutalist interior replete with frosted glass windows.

Grand Garage Haussmann. Photo: Joseph Jabbour. Courtesy of Offscreen.

Offscreen has emerged as a must-see art world event, creating a cross-disciplinary visitor experience by juxtaposing everything from multi-media installations and digital works to sculpture and photography. Coinciding with Paris Art Week, the featured presentations, which will be largely monographic, will be staged by a select group of both French and international galleries that together create a seamless and immersive art experience for visitors.

Following the inaugural edition that was held at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, and celebrated British artist Anthony McCall, for the 2023 iteration special guest Rosa Barba will be highlighted. An Italian artist and filmmaker based in Berlin, Rosa will have an entire level of the Grand Garage Haussmann dedicated to her work Inside and Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage (2021). The monumental-in-scope piece includes a film made underwater off the coast of Cyprus at the Mazotos shipwreck, as well as the recreation of an outdoor installation where the artist first screened the film between Cyprus and Turkish-controlled territories.

Rosa Barba, Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage (2021). Photo: Marios Stylianou. Courtesy of the artist and Vistamare.

Other highlighted artists to be featured at Offscreen include Columbian artist Leyla Cardenas, presented by Galerie DIX9 Hélène Lacharmoise, whose featured works result in a dialogue between her textiles practice and video. Shown by Galerie Rolf Art, Argentinian artist Graciela Sacco will show a unique portfolio from her “Bocanada interference” series, in addition to an installation from her “Sombras del Sur y de Norte” series from 2022. Emmanuel Van der Auwera, who hails from Belgium and is shown by Harlan Levy Projects, will stage his installation “VidéoSculpture XX” (The World’s 6th Sense) (2019), which employs thermal imaging and modes of surveillance.

Graciela Sacco, Bocanada (1993). Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Rolf Art.

In addition to other exhibiting galleries and featured artists, Offscreen promises to continue its mission of creating a one-of-a-kind fair presentation, centered on boundary-pushing art and an immersive experience.

“We are delighted that this year’s edition of Offscreen has gained a significant international profile, bringing together leading artists, such as our guest of honor Rosa Barba; Victor Burgin, currently on show at the Jeu de Paume; Stan VanDerBeek, a leading figure in experimental cinema; and Stefan Brüggeman.” says Offscreen co-founder and artistic director Julien Frydman. “Our program is also expanding with ‘OFFTRACKS,’ which offers an unprecedented focus on emerging artists, presented by leading figures from the art world. We are now looking forward to recreating the very special atmosphere of Offscreen, a unique event during Paris Art Week, in a particularly impressive new venue that will allow us to offer a completely new art fair experience.”

Emmanuel Van der Auwera, VideoSculpture XX (The World’s 6th Sense) (2019). Courtesy of the artist and Harlan Levey Projects.

Offscreen is held October 18–22, 2023, at the Grand Garage Haussmann, Paris.

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