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Biographie

Naziha Mestaoui, artist and architect, lives and works in Paris. Her unique approach merges space, imagery and technological innovations of the digital era to create innovative immersive and sensory experiences.

International exhibitions

She is member of the Electronic Shadow duo, founded in 2000, now hailed as pioneers in the art of the digital age, and recognized as inventors of Video Mapping, a technique at the crossroads of spatial and imagistic art.
The duo have marked their journey with numerous exhibitions across the globe: MOMA in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Photography in Tokyo, the Contemporary Art Biennale in Sevilla, Sao Paulo’s SESI, Shanghai’s MOCA….

Nature at the heart of her vision

In 2011 she launched a solo artistic career, pursuing the ideas launched by Electronic Shadow and establishing herself as an artist at the cutting-edge of future-realist art. Her travels among aboriginal peoples (the Amazon, India, Oman) prompted a series of projects including One Beat One Tree, based the plurality of approaches to the Man/Nature relationship. As Philippe Descola states, this makes Western culture an anomaly given its disconnection from its environment. Today, Mestaoui is recognized as an avant-garde artist who personifies an altruistic vision of art and insists that nature be at the very heart of cultural issues.

During the United Nations Climate Conference COP21, Naziha launched a digital, green and citizen artwork «1 Heart 1 Tree». A powerful and engaging experience offered citizen around the globe to see their name and message appear on the Eiffel Tower with their unique virtual tree, generated by their heartbeat. For every virtual tree a real tree is planted in a reforestation program on all five continents, destined to improve living conditions locally and fight the effects of climate change.

 

Naziha Mestaoui

Naziha Mestaoui est une artiste tunisienne et belge formée en architecture qui vit et travaille à Paris. Les installations de Naziha scellent l’union singulière et innovante de l’espace, de l’image et de la technologie.

Exposition à l’internationale

Elle a fondé Electronic Shadow (2000), pionnière reconnue dans l’art digital et inventeur du Videomapping au croisement de l’espace et l’image. Elle expose dans le monde entier : MOMA à New York, Centre Georges Pompidou à Paris, Musée de la photographie à Tokyo, Biennale d’Art Contemporain à Séville, SESI de Sao Paulo, MOCA de Shanghai….

La nature au coeur de sa vision de l’art

En 2011 elle démarre une carrière solo, poursuivant la fusion entre l’art, les technologies et les expériences. Ses séjours au coeur des peuples autochtones (Amazonie, Inde, Oman) sont à l’origine d’une série de projets se fondant sur la pluralité des rapports homme/nature. Elle questionne l’exception de notre culture occidentale par sa déconnexion avec son environnement.
Naziha est aujourd’hui une artiste d’avant-garde. Elle place la question de la nature au coeur des enjeux culturels.
A l’occasion la conférence sur le climat de l’ONU à Paris (COP21), Naziha a lancé un projet : une oeuvre d’art digitale, organique, green et citoyenne, One Heart One Tree qui permet à chacun de nous, via une application smartphone, de planter un arbre virtuel baptisé à son nom. L’arbre pousse au rythme des battements de notre coeur et est projeté sur la tour Eiffel. Pour chaque graine virtuelle créée, un véritable arbre sera planté dans l’un des 7 projets de reforestation que mène Naziha sur les 5 continents.

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Studies

Graduated in Architecture in La Cambre, 1999, Brussels
Archi in T.U. Graz, 1997 with Tom Mayne, Austria, USA


Career

1995: Foundation of LAB[au] in Brussels, laboratory for architecture and urbanism , with M. Abendroth.
2000: Foundation of Electronic Shadow in Paris, creative duo with Y. Aït Kaci between space, image and technologies.
2003: Patent on the Video and realtime 3D mapping
2015: creation of 1 Heart 1 Tree
2015: Foundation of Act with Art


Awards

Environmental art- 2014
Artist residency in Abu Dhabi with the french Embassy , 2013
Talent de l’innovation 2011 - Prix du Centre de luxe et de la création
Japan Media Arts Festival 2005 - Excellence prize Art division for the installation H2O
Laval Virtual  Trophy 2005 - Architecture, Art et Culture category for H2o
Grand Prize-Japan Media Arts Festival 2004 - Art division for the installation 3minutes²
Prix Ars Electronica 2004 - Honorary Mention in interactive art for the installation ‘’3minutes²’’
Laval Virtual Trophy 2004 - Art and culture for the installation ‘’Ex-îles’’
Prix de la Brique belge 1999  - for the ‘’Lightscape(s)’’ project – plan lumière
Tech-art prize 1999, prix de la chambre des ingénieurs flamands pour le projet ‘’Lightscape(s)’’
Concours d’urbanisme ,Cultural capital Thessaloniki 1997. 4ème prix. Projet: Liquid Axis

 

Personal exhibitions

 2017

Live Oak Tree of life, permanent artwork, Florida
1 tree 1 Planet, Harn Museum, Florida
Vatican Pavilion, WorldExpo, Kazakhstan

2015

1 Heart 1 Tree, monumental installation on the  Eiffel Tower for the opening of the United Nation’s COP21 in Paris

2014

Au-delà de l’invisible, monographic exhibition Espace Krajcberg, 2013
Résonances, Résonances, permanent light and media installation on the Frac Centre’s new building.

2011

Chaos Theory, Biennale de Moscou, Russia

2010

Futuréalismes, Monographic exhibition, Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, Fr

Pavillon des Métamorphoses, A Glass House,  Paris, Fr

2009

Visions hybrides, Mérignac, France
Roombook, l’éclaireur,  Paris, France
Windows Experience, installation permanente, Paris.

Collective exhibitions

2017

PORLWI art festival, Mauritius
OnePlanetSummit, StationF, Paris, France
Vatican pavilion conception for the Internation exposition , Astana 2017

2016

Marka Turky, One Beat One Tree

2015

La Havana Contemporary Art Biennale, Cuba

2014

Feito por Brasileiros, Sao Paulo, Brésil
DAKAR Contemporary Art Biennale, Senegal
Miami Art Basel , USA
Biennale de l’UMAM, Fr
Roland Garros, exhibition, Fr

2013

Abu Dhabi Artfair, galerie ArtHub, UAE
The End, SEE Studio Galerie, Paris, Fr
Show off, Fiac 2013, espace Pierre Cardin
LH Forum, forum pour un économie positive,
L’échappée belle, Grand Palais, Paris, Fr
TechFest Exhibition, Bombay, India

2012

Fantastic, monumental outtdoor artwork, Lille 3000, Fr
United Nation’s Earth Summit Rio+20, Rio de Janeiro, Br
File Festival, FIESP, Sao Paulo, Brésil

2011

Creator’s project, Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France

2010

1,618 Luxe et durable, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
File, SESIE, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2009

Le web, Hotel de Ville, Paris, France
Scopitone, Nantes, France
Château des ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France
Immatérielles, Maison des métallos, Paris

2008

Youniverse, Bienal de Arte, Sevilla, Sp
Gongzen, Spors in art,
Museum of Guanzhou, Guanzhou, China
Sichuan Fine Arts Museum, Chengdu
Today Art Museum, Beijing
Hongkong: Auction by Sothby’s

2007

Digital Art Museum – DAM Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Gongzen, Spors in art, MoCA, shanghai, China
Design Made, Seoul Arts center, Seoul, Korea
Nuit Blanche, Amiens Cathedral, Amiens, France
Alchimies, Maison de l’architecture, Paris, France
File Rio, Centro Cultural Telemar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The troubled Waters of permeability, Parker’s Box gallery, New York, USA

2006

Tasie, Art and Science Exhibition, Beijing, China
File , SESIE, Sao Paulo, Brazil
RLD, French cultural center, Milano, Italy

2005

JMAF, Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Boffi, Milano, Italy
Festival Mediarte, French CC, Monterey, Mexico
Festival Video medeja, Novi Sad, Serbia
Loading architecture, Kyberlab, Mexico City, Mexico
Plage du Majestic, Cannes Film Festival, FR
Oh! tour de l’eau, Saint Medard en Jalles, France

2004

Ars Electronica, OK Centrum, Linz, Austria
Arborescence, Aix en Provence, France
Villette Numerique, Cité des Sciences, Paris
Coup de foudre, Festival d’Art actuel, Bar le Duc, Fr
Designer’s days, Boffi, Paris, France
Laval Virtual, Laval, France
Lille 2004, La Piscine- Roubaix, France

2003

Voyages d’Artistes, Espace EDF Electra, Paris
Interactive Design, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris,
Passe-muraille, Musée d’Art moderne, Paris

2002

Design Zone, Loos Haus, Vienna, Austria

2001

Workspheres, MoMA, New York, USA
V-Med, Centre culturel français, Palerme, Italie L’homme transformé, Cité des sciences, Paris
Global Tools, KunstlerHaus, Vienna, Austria

2000

La beauté en Avignon, Espace TRANSFO, Avignon, Fr

 

Shows

1 Heart 1 Tree, (creation 2015)
Monumental installation on the Eiffel Tower for the opening of the United Nation’s COP21 in Paris

Vibrations (creation 2010)
Nuit Electro in the Grand Palais, evolutive artistic
scenography in the Grand Palais

FutuRino (creation 2008)
Creation of the show with the rock band “Rinocerose”

Double Vision (creation 2006)
Danse show ” Double Vision” in collaboration with Carolyn Carlson