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Algerian/French artist Philippe Parreno (born 1964) works in installation, performance, photography, drawing, sculpture and film. Central to Parreno’s practice is his quest for an ultimate form of communication capable of transcending language. Previous meditations on the nature of reality include ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’ (2006) a full-length feature film the artist co-directed with Douglas Gordon. Parreno co-curated the exhibition ‘all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae’ at IMMA in 2006, followed by a solo exhibition in 2009.

Born in Oran, Algeria, in 1964, Philippe Parreno lives and works in Paris. His work questions notions of time, reality and representation, as well as exhibition-making and performance. Parreno’s work develops from different sources ranging across art theory, philosophy, science fiction, popular culture and film, and adopting many different forms such as installation, performance, photography, drawing, sculpture and film. His practice is rooted in Conceptual Art and is highly experimental, dealing with issues surrounding the presentation of art, and also its interpretation and meaning. Parreno also questions the concept of authorship and has worked in collaboration with many artists. He belongs to a generation of highly influential artists from the 1990s, including Pierre Huyghe, Liam Gillick, Jorge Pardo, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon and Carsten Holler.

In 2006 he co-curated the experimental exhibition .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae at IMMA with Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, followed by a solo exhibition in 2009.

Previous solo exhibitions include Il Tempo Del Postino: A Group Show (with Hans Ulrich Obrist), Opera House, Manchester (2007), Le Cri ultrasonic de l’écureuil (with Ronn Lucas), Studio 28, Paris, France (2006); The Boy From Mars, Centre for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu (CCA), Kitakyushu, Japan (2006); Fade Away, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich (2004) and No Ghost Just a Shell (with Pierre Huyghe), Rosa de la Cruz Collection, Miami (2003). Recent collaborative exhibitions include Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait (with Douglas Gordon), Magasin 3, Stockholm (2008); Briannnnnn & Ferryyyyyy/Law Creativity (with Liam Gillick), Kunsthalle Zürich; Konsthall Malmo and Vamiali’s Athens (2006) and Rirkrit Tiravanija: No Vitrines, No Museums, No Artists, just a lot of People (with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Pierre Huyghe and Maurizio Nannucci), Telecom Italia Future Centre, Venice (2004).

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.