Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin (b.1982) lives and works in Paris. Through poetry, essays, translation, publishing and ready-to-wear, his artistic work is embedded in today’s visual culture. The use of the term “look”, whether to describe his poetic work or the clothing sets he produces, is the common denominator of a practice of writing and art based on the combination and translation of cultural formats and signs. In this perspective, Paulin’s work mirrors the composition of a sartorial “look” which, like a poem developed from a common language, hinges on a fragile strategy which allows a feeling of singularity to be preserved. From clothing to text, from body to words, Paulin does not separate the writing from the representation or the image from the speech. The text is ubiquitous, whether in clothes (pockets and linings), in videos, in books and in their different editions. Since 2009, his work has been shown in exhibitions notably curated by Mathieu Copeland, Julien Fronsacq and Olivier Michelon, in various institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo in 2013, the Centre de la Photographie in Geneva in 2014, the Air de Paris gallery in 2016, the Fondation Ricard and the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian in 2017. Lately a solo exhibition of his work was held at the Plateau, Frac Ile-de-France. His works are conserved in several public collections: the CNAP, the Frac Basse-Normandie or the Plateau Frac Ile-de-France. Pierre Paulin is also the co-founder of an independent publishing workshop together with Alex Balgiu (in charge of the Designing Writing seminar at ECAL), Roman Seban (graphic designer and a regular contributor to the publishing house Paraguay Press) and Maxime Boidy (research fellow and translator of Jonathan Sterne, W. J. T. Mitchell, Susan Buck-Morss). This workshop aims to publish poetry and essays on art, as well as translations. Website