Paola Pivi

I wish I am fish

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  • Exhibition from June 5th to August 30th 2009

Paola Pivi is an Italian artist, born in 1971 and now living in Alaska. She established herself on the international art scene more than 10 years ago with a singular and formally unpredictable body of work. Whether through installations, photographs or performances (overturning an aeroplane, photographing zebras on the ice flots, releasing a leopard amid fake cups of cappuccino...),

Paola Pivi creates unusual and ambivalent situations that disturb our habitual reference points for understanding what we see. Proceeding from visions that are then created ‘for real', the artist constructs a universe in the form of a visual puzzle where the wild natural world frequently borders the artificial. A distinctive form of language emerges from the meeting of dream and reality, opening up a new field of possibilities for the spectator: an unusual, poetic and untamed space.

At Le Grand Café, Paola Pivi is showing several new works brought together around a film produced for the occasion: I wish I am fish. Which is concerned with making goldfish fly...


Human Rights (Droits de l'homme), 2009
Wall painting
dimensions : 170 x 2364 cm

I wish I am fish, 2009
super 16mm film, duration 7min 3 sec.
The film was realized during the performance I wish I am fish in Auckland, NewZealand, on march 21st 2009 for One Day Sculpture Project.
courtesy: the artiste, Auckland Art Gallery Toi with the support of Chartewell Trust, Le Grand Café, Centre d'art contemporain, Saint-Nazaire

Paola Pivi et Dylan Horrocks
Untitled, (Sans Titre), 2009
conception: Paola Pivi, dessin: Dylan Horrocks
Dimensions: 1000 x 150 cm


It's a cocktail party, 2009
10 earings, lended by Portikus. Frankfortverre, white gold 18 k, liquid
It's cocktail party, milk - coffee
It's cocktail party, olive oil - glycerine
It's cocktail party, asperila - asperila
It's cocktail party, wine - olive oil
It's cocktail party, milk - ink
It's cocktail party, tonic - wine
It's cocktail party, wine - water
It's cocktail party, olive oil - olive oil
It's cocktail party, milk - milk

Say something nice about me (Dis quelque chose de gentil sur moi), 2008
plastic pearls, gold with last pearl black


Born in1971 in Milan, Italy.
Lives and works in Alaska.


- Deitch Project, New York, USA
- I wish I am a fish, performance, Auckland International Airport, Auckland, New Zeland
- 1000, performance, Tate Modern, London, UK


- It's a cocktail party, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
- It's a cocktail party, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
- Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, USA
- Italics. Art italien entre traditions et révolution, 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
- When things cast no shadow, 5th Berlin Biennal for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Paola Pivi is represented by  Emmanuel Perrotin gallery (Paris et Miami) and Massimo De Carlo gallery (Milan).

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