Aesthetic Transactions

Pragmatist Philosophy through Art and Life

Yann Toma, artist, professor


Yann Toma                                                                                                          Yann Toma's Website
Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 1969.
He lives and works in Paris, France.


Both an artist and a researcher, Yann Toma is the Lifelong President of Ouest-Lumière and an artist-observer within UNO where he sits as an entrepreneurial artist. By salvaging material from former electric power company Ouest-Lumière in the early 1990s, he has appropriated a symbolic network, an industrial infrastructure he has turned into his research territory and the very matter of his activity. He focuses on collaborations with industrials, political scientits and philosophers. His artistic work features in many collections, including that of Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou, and entered the inventory of the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain collection in 2007. As a full Professor of Visual Arts at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne university's UFR 04 Arts plastiques et sciences de l'Art, he impulses, within ACTE Intitute (UMR/CNRS), the Art & Flux research field which acts as much as an observatory of both theoretical and critical research as it does as a laboratory of artistic experimentation and production. Art & Flux explores, in a critical way, the bounds between Art, economy and Law.


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2011: Dynamo-Fukushima, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2011: There was chemistry, French Embassy, New York, USA

2011: Incursion en la ONU, Valenzuela Klenner Galeria, Bogota, Colombia

2011: WIKILEAKS – Les câbles litigieux Ouest-Lumière, Incognito ArtClub, Paris, France

2011: Transmission Karlsruhe, KAMUNA, Karlsruher Museumsnacht, Karlsruhe, Germany

2010: Security Council, United Nations, New York, USA

2010: Geysir Ouest-Lumière, Abbaye de Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise, France

2009: Dynamo POST-BANKRUPT, Musée Zadkine, Paris, France

2009: CROSSING WAYS, United Nations, New York, USA

2009: POST-BANKROTT, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008: Ouest-Lumière Collection, Musée EDF Electropolis, Mulhouse, France

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2011: Lumière Noire, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

2010: Hypotheses Verification, Laboratoria Art & Science, Moscow, Russia

2009: Flux, Paris Photo, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France

2009: Face to face, Musée de la photographie, Thessalonica, Greece,

2009: Weak signals / Wild cards, Tentoonstelling, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2009: Princess Frog, Jozsa Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2008: MONEY, Sino Company, Dusseldorf, Germany

2008 : Whats'up 2009, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008: Art Paris 2008, galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2007: Inondazione, Luce di Pietra, Palais Farnese, French Embassy, Rome, Italy