Anaïs Hazo

multidisciplinary artist

from: 01.04.2017   to: 30.06.2017

SomoS Artist-in-Residence Anaïs Hazo was born 1989 in Paris; Hazo lives and works between Paris, Berlin and New-York. She considers the broad variety of her chosen media (drawing, photography, installation…) as a whole that she uses to focus on life and reality. In between fine arts and design, she has been working in many creative fields: she published fine art prints and books, and freelances as an art director, a fashion stylist, and a lifestyle and food consultant. To experiment one’s environment, one’s everyday life, to eat, to make, to inhabit, to wear… are her numerous but all related fields of reflexion and action.

In Berlin, Hazo is currently starting a phase of research about the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk – « total work of art »: the idea of an artwork so diverse and yet complete, in which many manifestations of art blend together to disappear, and by this mean, hopefully form a new world. She participated with a contribution to a SomoS group show Neues Dasein during the 19th 48 Stunden Neukoelln Festival, 23.6.-25.6.2017.

She is currently using photography, publications, various recordings, and food-making in her work. Then, she aims to add a more material side to her practice, involving clothes, objects, space design and agriculture. Thus, her latest works are focusing a lot on foods – « an organic way to make art by making people experience something that is actually going to infuse within them – all that with no clutter, no waste ». She is especially focusing on « living foods », such as yeasts and fermented produces. Hazo is also developing her practice through her Instagram page, because she considers the virtual world a full and important part of our existence, and a very mundane, yet moving way to « be in the world ».

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2013 Anaïs Hazo-Santorin obtained a Master’s degree in Design and Art Direction “Fashion and Environment,” from the National College of Fashion & Arts Duperré, Paris; preceded by a 2012 Bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature (major: History of publishing) from La Sorbonne University. 2011 she received a Professional Applied Arts degree, from Tazé Engraving Studio, Paris,; 2010 a technical degree in Applied Arts (major: Engraving) from the National College of Edition and Arts Estienne (Paris). 2007 she obtained her baccalauréate diploma (major: Literature and Arts) from Lamartine High School (Paris).

She has built up a new fashion magazine (Television Magazine) based on a global and sociological approach to fashion. As stylist, she has worked for Pin Up Studios Productions, the PIAS music label and IFM (French Fashion Institute). She was styling assistant for Olivier Rizzo in Paris and Antwerp; working on editorial shootings (i-D, System, AnOther, Dust) and campaigns (Dior Homme, Raf Simons). As styling assistant for Robbie Spencer and Agata Belcen she worked for AnOther, Dazed, Vogue Italy. Hazo has provided art direction and styling for personal fashion editorials, collaborating with Boris Camaca, Emma Ledoyen, Natalie Weiss.

Her stories and articles were published in Contributor Magazine Online, Kaltblut Online, REVS Online. Since 2013, she has been active as freelance redactor in Paris and Barcelona. She has contributed to print and online fashion and design magazines (Crash, Metal, The Wild); and written commissioned and personal articles and interviews in French and English, on fashion, design, lifestyle and photography.

Hazo’s love of print led her to working as engraving studio assistant and printer (Paris, 2010-2013). She has printed engravings and re-editions of artist’s books for the Louvre’s and Parisian specialized galleries; advised and assisted the Tazé Engraving Studio’s artists such as Miquel Barceló, Françoise Pétrovitch, Yan Pei-Ming, Sempé, Gérard Titus-Carmel, among others.

Exhibitions and happenings Anais took part in include:
“Vegan-ish” / A studio’s weekly pop up restaurant, Brooklyn NY. (January – March 2017)
Tazé Engraving Studio Opened Doors, Paris. (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
ESAIG Engraving Diplomas Show, Paris. (2010)
Maison du Bas Belleville, Paris. (2010)
352 Squat, Paris (2008) Publications
Photography boxes, self-edited, Paris. (2013)
Faits Divers, La Sorbonne Publication Master’s press, Paris. (2012)
Rech., self-edited, Paris. (2012)
Skyblogs, self-edited, Paris. (2012)
Pas grand chose, ESAIG Estienne press, Paris. (2010)

The real world moves me so deeply sometimes. There is a sort of trance, when all the elements of something bigger happen to be perfectly arranged, the ensemble being all so smart, meaningful, and yet put together in such a simple way.
I believe in the concept of “justesse;” that genuine feeling when everything falls into place.
This magic always makes me wonder: do things matter more for their symbolic meaning, or for their realness? In art making, I question our materialist selves and look for ways to combine those two sides of reality – semantic and physical.
It was my first my love for garments that got me to question all of this. Then, my love for paper made me consider art pieces for their actual materiality, their object-ness, more than for their inherent artistic qualities. How can a drawing/painting/picture be good? I don’t know. What I know is, when I look at it, if I see something happening; and this is already worth so much.
So, I use my media and my mediums as documents, and vice-versa; for I consider the document itself as a piece of art. – To me, everything is a piece of art, really.
My curse and enchantment: I try to avoid easy and trashy, but I sure am in conversation with both.

Anais Hazo, Artist’s Statement

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