Naime Perrette Biography

Naïmé Perrette, with Sara Giannini and Sam Keogh
Until we meet

Naïmé Perrette’s work usually departs from concrete social situations. Experimenting with a new way of working in our current state of isolation, Perrette has initiated ongoing dialogues with writer and curator Sara Giannini and artist Sam Keogh, in which they explore forms of collective lucid dreaming. These ‘exquisite corpse’ collaborations highlight the disparities between our current realities and aim to articulate new, shared landscapes among them; places of escape during these sedentary times.

Naïmé Perrette (b. 1989, France) is a Brussels-based artist who creates videos, digital collages and installations as multi-layered spaces that explore states of transition. Through immersive research, Naïmé explores subjects such as the construction of young adult identity, the establishment of new ecosystems and extensive mapping as a means to control ever-changing human activity. The artist has an MA in Cinema Animation from ENSAD, Paris, and is a former resident of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. In 2016, Naïmé was awarded the Werkbijdrage Jong Talent from the Mondriaan Fund. Recent exhibitions include: the 5th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg; Wiels, Cunst-link, Brussels; Prospects and Concepts, Art Rotterdam; Mohsen Gallery, Tehran; Witteveen and Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam.

Sara Giannini (b. Civitanova Marche, Italy) is a curator, teacher and writer based in Amsterdam, currently part of the curatorial team of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. With a background in theatre and semiotics, Sara is drawn towards the interlinking of language and performativity across a variety of (artistic) practices. Since her engagement with the ZKM | Karlsruhe (2010-2013), Sara has initiated long-term collaborative projects such as the VOLUME project (with 98weeks, Beirut), the web-publishing platform Unfold, and the curatorial initiative Heterotropics. Her projects have taken place in a variety of settings that include documenta 14, Athens; de Appel, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; and M HKA, Antwerp. In 2016/17, Sara was a fellow at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and in 2018 a visiting research fellow at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Since 2017, Sara teaches performance at the Dutch Art Institute and in the past has been a visiting tutor at KABK, The Hague, and Das Arts, Amsterdam.

Sam Keogh (b. 1985, Co. Wicklow, Ireland) works across collage, drawing, sculpture, performance and installation. In recent work, the artist has built intricate environments in which live performances unfold. These installations incorporate collage, small sculptures and found objects that spill over with idiosyncratic detail and extraneous information, shifting between artwork made by Sam, props used by the performer and ambiguous technologies made by the characters in the universes he constructs. In this indeterminate space, materials, memories and affects begin to smudge into each other until a sticky cognitive map begins to emerge. Sam received an MFA from Goldsmiths College in 2014 and completed his residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2017. Recent exhibitions include: Cosmopolis #2, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Knotworm, 15th Lyon Biennial; Integrated Mystery House, Eva International, Limerick; Kapton Cadaverine, Glasgow International; Orbital Debris, 1646, The Hague; Eurocopter EC135, Dortmunder Kunstverein.