Open Space #12 Alex Ayed "Farewell Project"

Exhibition From 18.10.2023 to 24.03.2024

Alex Ayed, Petit Piton. Off the coast of Saint Lucia, 2023 © Alex Ayed

Gallery 8

For Open Space #12, Alex Ayed presents "Farewell" in Galerie 8, as part of the Open Space programme dedicated to contemporary art.

Through his artistic practice, Alex Ayed (1989, France) creates evolving, poetic situations from which emerge the works and the stories they embody.

For this Open Space, Alex Ayed is presenting "Farewell", the first part of the Farewell Project, an original project that takes the form of a round-the-world sailing expedition. This exhibition marks the start of the voyage and will retrace, in the form of sounds, correspondence and poems, the daily observations and experiences of Alex Ayed and his crew at sea. During the first crossing, from the North Sea to the Mediterranean, the exhibition space, occupied by a sculpture resembling a radio antenna, becomes the only link with the sailboat and the artist for five months.

Free access with a ticket for the "Mark Rothko" exhibition. Download the exhibition brochure.

"While contemporary societies tend to attribute contemplation – of clouds, of the wind, of a passing bird and other subtler realities – to the dreamer, these things are, in fact, utterly essential to a person living at sea"


Claudia Buizza and Ludovic Delalande

Alex Ayed

Alex Ayed (1989, France), lives and works at sea. Of French-Tunisian origin, Alex Ayed graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2015. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including Owls and Promises at Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2022); Coyote at The Intermission, Greece (2022); Laws of Confusion at The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2021); Transumanza at ZERO..., Milan (2021); Roaring Forties, Balice Hertling, Paris (2020); Soap Opera at B7L9, Tunis (2019) and Exhibition 3 at Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, New York (2019).

Alex Ayed is represented by Balice Hertling gallery, Paris.