In paradoxically bright colours and from photographs gathered on the Internet, Julie Polidoro paints in The Sleepers people condemned to exile and parked by the authorities of the countries they’re trying to reach. In transit, these invisible beings don’t live in a place but in waiting. “Despite the simplicity of the medium (frameless canvases hung on a wall), this work, far from any dramatisation, actualises the Catastrophe,” a symptom of a crisis of global magnitude, explains art historian Alix Agret. Reading the world differently, thinking differently, making other modes of representation of the current world accessible: this is what Julie Polidoro wants to show through her work. Like a cartographer, she’s interested in places, borders, territories, and the people living in them: corporal territorialities.
Born in 1970 in Cannes, France.
Lives and works between Paris, France, and Rome, Italy.
Of Italian ancestry, Julie Polidoro spent a big part of her life between France and Italy. She studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris under Alfred Pacquement and did residences abroad in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Realizing that humanity is in a state of constant metamorphosis, Julie Polidoro uses painting and pigments on canvas to translate these evolutions in dense, contrasted flat colours. As mental as it is sensory, each of her works is a reading of the world. Since 1994, Julie Polidoro participated in 26 solo and 40 collective exhibitions. She was awarded several prizes, such as the Pierre Cardin Prize and the Great Prize at the Salon des Artistes Français.
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