Born on 4th of July 1988 in St-Julien-en-Genevois (France). Lives and works in Berlin (Germany). contact@julienpaccard.com

Education
2012 — Graphic designer + Art director diplomas — L’école Multimédia + EMC Malakoff (Private graduate schools) — Paris (France).
2010 — Bachelor’s degree in communication/hypermedias — Université Savoie-Mont-Blanc (Public higher education institution) — Annecy (France).

Biography
Julien Paccard was born in 1988 in St-Julien-en-Genevois (France). He received his Bachelor’s degree in communication/medias at Université Savoie-Mont-Blanc in Annecy (France) in 2010. Plus graphic designer/art director’s diplomas in Paris (France) in 2012. Julien has already exhibited in solo exhibitions at Art by friends gallery in Annecy (France) and at Serigraffeur gallery in Berlin (Germany). He has also been included in various important group exhibitions including «Odyssée tour» at The Fabric - Fondation Art Contemporain Salomon in Annecy (France) and at White and Art gallery in Brussels (Belgium). Currently, he lives in Berlin (Germany) and is working on a project entitled «GRRRND ZERO» which explores and interprets the urban world we are living in, influenced by his skateboarder background and a keen eye for the interaction between humans and architecture.

Artist statement
Recently settled in Berlin (Germany), Julien Paccard works as a freelance graphic designer in order to finance his everyday life as well as his artistic projects.
He was raised by his Spanish mother and French father in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (France), a little town by the border of Switzerland. He got a Bachelor’s degree in communication and medias at Université Savoie-Mont-Blanc in Annecy (France), before pursuing graphic design/art direction studies in Paris (France) for 2 years. He then worked as a full-time graphic designer for fashion brand Ralph Lauren in Geneva (Switzerland) for 5 years.
In parallel to that, he practices skateboarding since the age of 12 years old. This is essential in his life, because it has shaped the way he sees and interprets the world around him. Transgressive by essence, this alternative way to move around the city by playing with the multiple possibilities that the urban furniture can offer, has attracted Julien very early in his life, even though the architectural landscape of the city he grew up in was poor. He is convinced that if he wouldn’t have had discovered this practice, his everyday environment in which he evolves would seem much different, and certainly less interesting.
At first, it was only a game that consisted of moving his body, in search of body balance, standing up on a skateboard. After years of riding in urban spaces in search of the right ones to practice on, he started to develop a different fascinating way of approaching his relationship to architecture. It has inspired him to create art according to features such as specifically coloured curbs localised thanks to the Internet technology, or beautiful tiled mosaic planes randomly lost and found in the south of Spain, or even handrails strangely curved and half rusty. Many urban details that seem unintelligible at first sight, turn out to actually be rare and satisfying just by paying a little more attention. As all of those details fascinate him, he wants to cultivate the beauty of the everyday where one does not expect it and attempts to make it obvious that details are beautiful. He sometimes surprises himself taking a plane, with the only goal to experiment a blue transition in a suburb’s public garden of a yet unknown city. Whereas it would seem that this particular spot doesn’t interest most of its residents.
His work expresses the way skateboarders divert the use of street shapes, by modifying the way this category of users interact with the city. Skaters get the city for themselves, they approach it according to different criteria and are interested in objects and forms that at first glance seem insignificant. This practice has somewhat of a Dadaist aspect, and Julien tries to bring it out in his works: he considers skateboarding as an instrument for challenging ideological, aesthetic and political conventions and constraints. This is not vandalism to the community, although some passers-by find it disrespectful. His goal is to speak to people who know absolutely nothing about this sport/dance by questioning our common interaction with the urban environment and sharing with them another reading of the city. It is about questioning the idea that an object installed in the public space—therefore, a common good—is reduced to its strict utilitarian function. Why would it be forbidden to approach the city other than by a skater’s vision or to divert its use, when it is nevertheless built to resist all kinds of degradations? This social convention seems to him like a limit to freedom of expression and imagination. Julien hopes that his work provokes a questioning of our norms on the appropriation of our environment and allows us to accept new possibilities of uses, which would be less limited, and thus more poetic.

Selected solo exhibitions
2017 «Traces» — Art by friends (Art gallery), Annecy (France).
2016 «Color Fools showcase» — Serigraffeur (Screen printing gallery), Berlin (Germany).
2015 «Color Fools premiere» — Art by friends (Art galerie), Annecy (France).

Selected group exhibitions
2017 «Nocturnale #3: Art & Skate» — Parc du Haras d’Annecy (Exhibition space), Annecy (France).
2017 «Skateboard culture» — 59 Rivoli (Exhibition space), Paris (France).
2016 «Color Fools projection» — MIMPI (Film festival), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
2016 «Odyssée tour» — La Maison des Arts (Exhibition space), Aime (France).
2015 «Color Fools projection» — Shitfoot Mongoland (Trade show), Berlin (Germany).
2015 «Odyssée tour» — Cantiere barche 14 (Art gallery), Vicenza (Italy).
2014 «Odyssée tour» — Genève Art space (Exhibition space), Geneva (Switzerland).
2014 «Odyssée tour» — White and Art (Art gallery), Brussels (Belgium).
2014 «Odyssée tour» — The Fabric (Fondation Art Contemporain Salomon), Annecy (France).
2013 «Odyssée tour» — Abbaye de Talloires (Exhibition space), Annecy (France).
2013 «Art by friends Vème édition» — Palais de l’Isle (Art & History museum), Annecy (France).
2012 «Art by friends IVème édition» — Palais de l’Isle (Art & History museum), Annecy (France).
2011 «Art by friends IIIème édition» — Palais de l’Isle (Art & History museum), Annecy (France).

Selected publications
Ride channel (USA) «Color Fools is the most original skate video you’ve never heard of»,
Lucas Wisenthal — Web magazine (Article/interview).
Le dauphiné liberé (France) «Du skate jaillit la couleur», Carine Bel — Newspaper (Article/interview).
SB Journal (Japan) «A story telling» — Magazine (2 pages article).
Melty Xtrem (France) «Color Fools - White Fool» — Web magazine (Article).
Intersection (France) «Des skateurs rident par couleur» — Web magazine (Article).
Maelström (France) «Color Fools video teaser», Sébastien Charlot — Web magazine (Article).
À propos (France) «Color Fools», David Turakiewicz — Web magazine (Article).
Wunderbaum (Denmark) «Color Fools - Yellow Fool» — Web magazine (Article).
VHS (Japan) «Color Fools - White fool & Yellow Fool» — Web magazine (Article).
Place skateboard culture (Germany) «Color Fools - Yellow, Orange & Red fools» — Web magazine (Article).
Rua (Japan) «Green Fool - Color Fools» — Web magazine (Article).
Share skateboarding (Italy) «Yellow Fool / Stephane Zanette» — Web magazine (Article).
Dogway media (Spain) «Color Fools. 8 skaters, 8 colores, 8 vídeos», Javier Menédez — Web magazine (Article).
Ido sk8 (Poland) «Color Fools» — Web magazine (Article).
Gnartifacts (USA) «Color Fools» —Web magazine (10 articles).
A brief glance (Italy) «Color Fools - White Fool» — Web magazine (Article).
Crossfire (UK) «Marc Leblanc’s «White Fools» Part» + «Pink Fool - Paul Anguenot», Henry Calvert — Web magazine (2 articles).
Slam city skates (UK) «Color Fools» — Web magazine (Article).
Blogosport (France) «Color Fools, le skate par la couleur», Ludovic Bonnet — Web magazine (Article).
Beach brother (France) «Color Fools» — Web magazine (Article).
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