October 20 - October 24, 2021

Press Release

FIAC, Booth F24
Grand Palais Ephemère
Charles Risler Avenue
75007 Paris
VIP Access: October 20 from 10 am - 8 pm
October 21 - 24 from 11 am - 12 pm
Public Access: October 21 & October 22 from 12 pm - 8 pm
October 23 & October 24 from 12 pm - 7 pm
For FIAC 2021, Rachel Uffner Gallery is pleased present new and recent work by Sheree Hovsepian and Curtis Talwst Santiago.
Sheree Hovsepian explores the materiality of photography through modes of assemblage. Her works - which combine silver gelatin print photographs with tactile materials, such as string, ceramic, wood and other ephemera - operate as investigations into the human body. Hovsepian’s pictures, which are taken of the artist's own sister, oscillate between object and image, creating a sensuous, bodily experience of the photographic document. This new series of work by Hovsepian is marked by a particular interest in themes of language, time, materiality, and gesture.
Our presentation by Curtis Talwst Santiago for FIAC focuses on the artist's Infinity series - an ever-growing body of work composed of carefully constructed miniature dioramas built within antique and reclaimed jewelry boxes. Santiago began the Infinity series in 2007 as a way to unearth and critically address histories of migration and colonialism. Initially drawn to the antique jewelry boxes for their implicit associations with trade and wealth, he quickly realized the inherent functionality of the self-containing objects. Santiago leads a particularly nomadic lifestyle, working across the world in cities such as Munich, New York, Toronto, Lisbon, and Cape Town. These meticulously assembled scenes reference specific people, places, and histories gleaned along the way.
Santiago's recent sculptures focus on the artist's time spent living and working in Dakar, Senegal, where he is currently an artist in residence at Black Rock, a residency program founded by Kehinde Wiley. Inspired by the local community, landscape, and culture of Dakar, these works bring new meanings and narratives to this ongoing series.

Sheree Hovsepian (b. 1974, Iran) earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, a dual BFA/BA  from the University of Toledo in 1999, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1998. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions have been organized by Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton (2020); Higher Pictures Gallery, New York (2019); Team Bungalow, Los Angeles (with Paul Mpagi Sepuya, (2019) and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (2018) Recent group exhibitions include Affinities for Abstraction: Women Artists on Eastern Long Island, 1950-2020, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; There’s There There, Hauser & Wirth, Southampton, NY; Arches and Ink, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; Inertial Dynamics, Half Gallery, New York; Seductive Reduction, CHART Gallery, New York; Material Gestures, Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago; and Where Do We Stand?, The Drawing Center, New York. Hovsepian’s work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bronx Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. Hovsepian serves on the Art Advisory Committee of Baxter Street Camera Club of New York as well as sitting on various committees of culturally relevant institutions with an emphasis on arts education and development. She currently lives and works in New York City.


Curtis Talwst Santiago (b. 1979, Edmonton, Alberta) studied as an apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Santiago has exhibited internationally at venues such as the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta; The Rooms, Newfoundland, Canada; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; The New Museum, New York, NY; The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada; The Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; and the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; among others. The artist was included in the inaugural 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art in Toronto, Canada, the SITE Santa Fe SITELines.2018 Biennial, Casa Tomada, in Santa Fe, NM, and was featured in the 2018 Biennale de Dakar in Dakar, Senegal. The artist currently has work on view through the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, and is an artist in residence at Black Rock, Senegal. His work is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. Santiago considers himself decentralized and lives and works between New York, NY, Lisbon, Portugal, and Toronto, CA. 


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FIAC Online Viewing Room: October 20 - 24