Places and hearts – #7 TONUS, Paris

T O N U S is an artist–run space located in the ill fame 15th district of Paris.
The space is dedicated to contemporary art and festive events.

KubaParis
Is „home“ the place where you’ve been born?

Jade
Nearly. I live in a tiny house since I’m 6 years old… and I’m still living there with Vincent and our two kids, in my teenager bedroom.

Vincent
For me it’s a bit different, I’m coming from a little village nearby the Mediterranean sea.

KP
What do you see and feel when you look out of the window?

J/V
A beautiful flowered garden hidden between buildings, with cats, dogs, snails and toads.

KubaParis
How would your best friend (partner/visitors, guests) describe your rooms?

J/V
Friends used to call us the Cracras (which means approximately the Grungys). But they know it’s the best place to be welcomed.

KubaParis
How do you decide what artist you exhibit?

J/V
There is no particular rule. It’s all about feelings, friendship, opportunities, Internet relationship… We try to invite different profiles each time.

KubaParis
Your favorite art space?

J
DESTE Project Space Slaughterhouse, Hydra (Greece)

V
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)

KubaParis
Why do we need independent art spaces?

J/V
5 years ago in Paris, art was more or less limited to galleries, museums and fairs. Artists were running away an expensive and boring city. Only fashion was still attractive. Then, a lot of small independent initiatives, projects, spaces grew up, with an international network and another connection to art. This new wave, amongst others things, has overwhelmed the landscape, the scene, the inspirations in general, and gave back to the city its creativity and enthusiasm. That’s why we need independent art spaces.

KubaParis
What means independence for you?

J/V
It means freedom. Being independent allows you to believe in your choices, take them on and stand up for it with conviction.

KubaParis
For what Tonus stands for?

J/V
Independence.

KubaPris
Something you‘ve always wanted to say?

You fucked my wife?!

 

ANNE FELLNER & BURKHARD BESCHOW, CASTLE OF INSOLENCE, JUNE 24 – JULY 10 2017, © TONUS

JADE FOURÈS-VERNIER & VINCENT DE HOŸM, CHEZ JACENT, MAY 21 – JUNE 10 2017, © TONUS

CAMILLA WILLS, MARCH 30 — APRIL 16 2017, © TONUS

PAUL BONNET, JULIEN LAUGIER & GUILLAUME MARAUD, MATTHIEU PALUD, LOUISE SARTOR, REOPENING GROUP SHOW, JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 15 2017, © TONUS

SIGNE ROSE, LOUISE SARTOR, SOMETIMES MY WAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE TRUTH / PARFOIS MON AVIS EST PLUS IMPORTANT QUE LA VÉRITÉ, DECEMBER 5th — 20th 2015, © TONUS

STEINAR HAGA KRISTENSEN, KRISTIAN Ø. DAHL , ENTOURAGE DU PROPHÈTE MALADE, OCT. 25 — NOV. 15 2015, Curated by Benoît Lamy de La Chapelle, © TONUS