For the first time, the Vincent Sator gallery is participating in the FIAC. Outside the walls, of course, in the Tuileries garden, thanks to The Membrane, very disturbing sculpture of metal, ropes and resin by Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia, organic and mineral at the same time; but finally there it is, “After just ten years of existence”, says its founder. After having gone through the Ministry of Culture and the Center Pompidou, it gave up its initial ambition, to become a curator. “I discovered what it was like to work with living artists and the relationships with collectors, which I had imagined hard and which I discovered could be fascinating. “ From 2007 to 2010 he co-founded and co-directed the Blue Square gallery, rue Debelleyme, specializing in Russian art; then, the following year, under his name, opened a gallery in the heart of the Marais, Passage des Gravilliers.
For eight years, he presents about fifteen artists: painting, drawing, photography, installation, video. All are young, like the gallery owner himself, then just in his thirties: “What I call my historic canal. ” In 2019, when he had been thinking about it for some time, the opportunity to open a second space presented itself. He joined the Komunuma ensemble in Romainville, with three galleries – Air de Paris, Jocelyn Wolff and In Situ Fabienne Leclerc -, the Fiminco Foundation and the FRAC Ile-de-France. “Going to Romainville was a leap. Very quickly, it became, at the request of the artists, the main space: bigger, more beautiful, new and carried by the collective dynamism of an ecosystem. “ The circumstances, however, were anything but favorable. “ We are opening in October 2019. The “yellow vests” crisis followed, the strikes and the pandemic. And despite everything, it worked. “ The gallery has gained in visibility and new collectors have gotten used to coming there. “We still have to improve our links of“ proximity ”, with places of education, with business incubators. “
“Geography has changed”
Sator sees this success as proof of the transformation of the Parisian scene. “When I started out, it was dominated by depressive speech, a self-deprecating mania. We got out of it. The offer is now much wider and diversified: the political and social subjects which interest me particularly are more and more present. And the geography has changed. The idea of a single center which prevailed for a long time has lost its authority: several districts emerge without weakening the others. A new district is created on avenue Matignon, but new galleries are opening in the Marais, those of Saint-Germain are holding up and the Romainville-Pantin sector has emerged; the new Brooklyn as they say. “
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