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.
Is „home“ the place where you’ve been born?
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.
For me it’s a bit different, I’m coming from a little village nearby the Mediterranean sea.
What do you see and feel when you look out of the window?
A beautiful flowered garden hidden between buildings, with cats, dogs, snails and toads.
How would your best friend (partner/visitors, guests) describe your rooms?
Friends used to call us the Cracras (which means approximately the Grungys). But they know it’s the best place to be welcomed.
How do you decide what artist you exhibit?
There is no particular rule. It’s all about feelings, friendship, opportunities, Internet relationship… We try to invite different profiles each time.
Your favorite art space?
DESTE Project Space Slaughterhouse, Hydra (Greece)
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (Germany)
Why do we need independent art spaces?
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.
What means independence for you?
It means freedom. Being independent allows you to believe in your choices, take them on and stand up for it with conviction.
For what Tonus stands for?
Something you‘ve always wanted to say?
You fucked my wife?!