BIO

ARTIST STATEMENT

Karima DUCHAMP is a ceramic artist and painter born in France to Algerian parents.

I have always been inspired by all the Berber objects and traditions that were around me from childhood. The unconscious and profound links with my great grandmother potter Algerian and my mother who used to weave tapestries are the core of me being an artist. I feel like I'm passing on women's stories.

I am interested in reclaiming traditional influences and how this adapts to the current Craft without bending to western influences, taking time to encounter other communities to understand how we can learn from the specificities and the richness of each tradition. 

With clay, on paper or on canvas, I manipulate, let go, break away from an academic practice of sculpture and drawing, giving color a real role, modeling it as I model clay.

My work develops from surfaces, by superimposing layers, by twisting the material, by constructing and deconstructing. From states of reverie, I deploy more or less tangible figures, shapes and spaces that lift us up or separate us, interested in the overlaps or intersections that exist between people and forms.

My voluntarily slow creative and dreamlike ritual allows me to immerse myself in the physical and psychic depths of which the spiritual and mystical elements belong to my practice.

Through my personal history, I draw my inspiration from historical frescoes, ornamentation and vernacular architecture. In a reduction of shapes, games of transparencies, feelings and sensations, I seek to get to the essential. This outline is motivated by a sensitivity to the passage of time in a form of contemplation and nostalgia, offering a particular language for reading and imagining the world."

She graduated with a M.F.A with Honors from l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Besançon and an additional one year ceramic diploma. Since then, she has followed her artistic explorations through residencies: in the United States, twice in Japan and in Germany.

Her work have won numerous awards and have been included in many individual and collective exhibitions around the world such as Paris Design Week, Collectible in Brussels, The Salon Art + Design in New York, Art Basel Design Miami and Art Basel Design  Basel and regularly with Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia. Her artworks belong to private and public collections such as Ariana Museum in Geneva, Grottaglie Museum in Italy (acquisition in 2023), Siegburg Museum in Germany (acquisition in 2022), and Yingge Museum in Taipei.

She is also a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. She teaches during workshops as a ceramic instructor in schools and academies in France and abroad.


HONORS AND AWARDS     

2024 Mc Knight residency Grant Award, Northern Clay, Minneapolis USA (Residency October -December 2024)

2023 First Prize for the best artwork of the 30th International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art , Ceramic Museum of Grottaglie, Italy

2023  CERCO, International Ceramic Competition , Spain

2022 Ceramic Sculpture Prize Siegburger Keramikpreis and Museum acquisition, Siegburg Ceramic Museum, Germany

2021 Aveiro Biennal of artistic ceramics, Museum of Aveiro, Portugal

2017 Member of the International Academy of Ceramics

2017 International Biennal of Ceramics El Vendrell, Spain

2014 1st Prize International Keramiktage Contest, Oldenburg, Germany

2013 International Competition «The Figure/Sculpture in Ceramics», Keramikmseum Westerwald, Germany

2010 1st Prize  Biennal of Ceramics of Andenne (market), Belgium

2009 2nd Prize European Ceramic Competition, St Quentin la Poterie, France

2000 Jury Prize, painting contest, Salon des 40, Saint-Louis, France


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024 

26-29 June Salon des Beaux-Arts, Orangerie du Sénat, Paris 
25-28 April Exposition collective " A travers les voiles superposés", Cohle Gallery, Paris. Curator Marion  Duquerroy 
Le Cercle de l'Art season 3 
14 June-14 September International ceramics Biennial of Manises, Spain
18 May-30 September Ceramic Competition of the CICA Alcora, Spain
7-10 March Affordable Art Fair UK, London 
Salon d’automne, Paris
3 months  Mc Knight Resident Artist,October to December 2024, Northern Clay, Minneapolis USA 

2023

Autumn Art Fair and Artist Talk "color as a pure energy",  Taoxichuan, China
International Competition of Ceramic Art and Exhibition,  Grottaglie Ceramic Museum, Italy
Salon des Beaux-Arts, painting section, Paris
CERCO 2023  International 
Competition in Ceramics and Exhibition, Zaragoza, Spain
Workshop “color and sign” conducted at Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, Massachusetts, USA

2022 
The SALON ART+DESIGN, with Moderne Gallery, New York
Affordable Art FairHamburg, Germany 
Moderne Gallery Philadephia, Important Studio Ceramics: 1932-2022
Espace Artistique de l'Anjou, St Barthélémy d'Anjou, France
Enseigne des Oudins Gallery, Paris
Fondation Fernet Branca, Saint-Louis, France
FrontofBicycle Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Triptyque Gallery, Les Sables d'Olonne

2021
STAR'T Contemporay Art Fair, Strasbourg, France 
FrontofBicycle Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Valcke Art Gallery, Gand, Belgium
Les Tupiniers du Vieux Lyon, France
International Biennal of artistic ceramics of Aveiro, Museum of Aveiro, Portugal

2020
COLLECTIBLE Fair, Spazio Nobile Gallery, Brussels
Collection Gallery, Paris
Art Zone 42 Gallery, collective exhibition of drawings, Athens, Greece
PARIS DESIGN WEEK, Collection Gallery, Collective exhibition "jeux géométriques"
International Biennal of Contemporary Ceramics, Sèvres, France
Séries Rares Gallery, collective exhibition of drawings, Carouge, Switzerland

2019
Faces, residency show at Neumunster Kunstlerhaus, Germany
Le Grand Anniversaire, volet II, collective exhibition, Terra Viva Gallery, St Quentin la Poterie
Emergences 1, collective exhibition, Robet Dantec gallery, Belfort
Les journées de la Céramique in Freiburg, Germany

2018
International Biennale of Ceramics, Sèvres
Collective show "faire surface", Maison de la Céramique, Dieulefit
Artist In Residence Programme and exhibition, Studio Kura, Itoshima, Kyushu, Japan
Collective show, International Academy of Ceramics, Yingge Museum, Taipei City, Taiwan
Salon Résonances, Strasbourg
The SALON ART+DESIGN, with Moderne Gallery, New York
DESIGN MIAMI, with Moderne Gallery, Miami, USA

2017
Contemporary Art Space, Gowiller, France
Biennale Internationale de Céramique El Vendrell, Espagne

The SALON ART+DESIGN, with Moderne Gallery, New York
DESIGN MIAMI, with Moderne Gallery, Miami

2016
“Imago”, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany
DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL, Moderne Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
« Les Journées de la Céramique », Saint Sulpice, Paris
The SALON ART + DESIGN, with Moderne Gallery, Park Avenue Armory, New York
DESIGN MIAMI, with Moderne Gallery, Miami

2015
Handwerk Gallery, Munich, Germany
« Paysages », Galerie du Don, Le Fel, France
« Ashes to ashes », The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
Révélations, Grand Palais, Paris

2014
Collection Gallery, Paris
« Fragile », Heubar Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Tao Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

2013
Accro Terre Gallery, Paris
Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany
Terra Viva Gallery, Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, France

2012
« Les Journées de la Céramique », Paris
Contemporary Art Space Chanot, Clamart, Paris

2011
« Les Journées de la Céramique », Paris
Triennale of Ceramics, Spiez, Switzerland

2010
Biennale of Andenne, Belgium
International Ceramic Festival, St Quentin la Poterie, France
Circuits céramiques, Goutte de terre Gallery, Paris
Keramisto, International Ceramics Fair, Milsbeek, Netherlands
Céramique 14, Paris
Médiart Gallery, Paris

2009
European young Ceramics, St. Quentin la Poterie, France
Céramique 14, Paris
Contemporary Ceramic Art Fair, Céramique 14, Paris


SOLO EXHIBITIONS                      

2017 « what you see, you don’t see », Séries Rares Gallery, Geneva

2016 « traumbilder », Ceramic Museum, Staufen, Germany

2015 « the visible and the invisible », Art and History Museum, Oldenburg, Germany

2013 « nue » AccroTerre Gallery, Paris

2012 « carte blanche », Contemporary Ceramic Centre La Borne, France


COLLECTIONS 

2023  First Prize International Ceramic Contest, Grottaglie Ceramic museum, Italy

2022 Siegburger KeramikpreisSiegburg Museum, Germany

2018 Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taipei, Taïwan

2017 Musée Ariana Collection, Genève

2016 Four drawings in the collection « Fonds dess(e)ins », Les Traces Habiles, Paris

2016 Moderne Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

2016 Giroussens Town collection, France

2015 The Clay Studio collection, Philadelphia, USA

2013 Shigaraki Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan


EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts with Honors, (DNSEP), Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Besançon, France

One year study in Ceramics, Maison de la Céramique, Mulhouse, France


ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCIES       

2024 Three months residency, Mc Knight residency Grant Award, Northern Clay, Minneapolis USA (October -December 2024)

May 2019 Ceramic Artist exchange, Neumünster, Germany

July 2018 Artist In Residence Programme, Studio Kura, Kyushu, Japan

May 2015 Guest Artist invited at the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA

2014 Study visits in ceramics, Madrid, Spain

November 2013 Artistic residency, Shigaraki, Japan

2013 Master class in ceramics, Kilkenny, Ireland

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