Joël Andrianomearisoa

Andrianomearisoa is always on the edges. He does not approach his work in a direct way, but places it at the edges of the desires of whomever discovers it. His work comes down to a question of posture. He listens to the pulses of life with more generosity than they are given, and finds a way to be present in the world dans le nu de la vie, in the nude of life.
Urban space is a primary interest as well. The noises, smells, images, lights and incessant movement that generate city life compose his universe without imprisoning him in a specific geographical space. His images take viewers to places even the artist does not expect to be. « I need to be surprised by images. The situation has to be completely staggered. I do not consider myself as a photographer ; I am someone who makes images, » he says. To compose a work, the artist needs a basic frame. Then the experiments begin, the manipulations that outline the project. « The work arises from various manipulations that lead me to the final result. When I set up an installation, I do not imagine its finality. I know the elements that compose it, but in the instant I set them up I discover something else. And that is when the work makes sense, » Andrianomearisoa says. His poetic virtuosity lies in his capacity to seize this moment of signification, when nobody can tell beginning from end.
Virginie Andriamirado
Joël Andrianomearisoa was born in Antananarivo, Madagascar, in 1977.  He lives and works between Antananarivo and Paris.
He represented the first-ever Madagascar Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019. His most recent solo shows in institutions are at: the Dallas Contemporary museum (USA), the Biennial of Sydney 2020 (Australia), the Musée d'Art Clermont-Ferrand. On-going additionally, he composed a year long exhibition with multiples intervention of the artist at the Kunsthalle Praga (Czech Republic) and a solo exhibition at the Château Aigues-mortes (France).
Andrianomearisoa has participated in a number of group shows, including: Ce Qui s'Oublie et Ce Qui Reste, Musée de l'histoire de l'immigration, France (2021); Witness Afro Perspectives From The Jorge M. Perez Collection. Elespacio 23, Miami, USA (2021); Love etc... Musée Bargoin, France (2020); A Beast, A God, A Line, curated by Cosmin Costinas. MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Thailand (2020); Africa Remix, Rencontres Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako (2009); the Havana Biennale (2006); The progress of love, Menil Collection, Houston (2012); and Divine Comedy (2014) among others.
His work is in prominent public collections such as the Musée les Abattoirs (France), the Studio Harlem Museum in New York, the National Museum of African Art in Washington DC or Zeitz MOCAA in South Africa, to name a few.






Architecte Desa 2003 – Ecole Speciale d’Architecture – Paris – France.


Solo shows (selected)

2021    Zaridaina. Geography of Desire. Le Silo, Château Thierry, France.
2021    Les Herbes Folles du Vieux Logis. Saison d'art 2021. Domaine de Chaumont- sur. Loire. France.

2021    Pour ne jamais rencontrer la dernière heure. Maison Maria Casarès. Domaine de la Vergne, Alloue, France.

2021    Brise du Rouge Soleil. Tours et remparts D'Aigues-Mortes, France.

2021    Translations Of All Our Lost Passions and Our Future Desires. Kunsthalle Praha, Prague, Czech Republic

2021    Dancing with Angels. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2020    We Were So Very Much in Love. Musée d’art Roger Quilliot, Clermont- Ferrand, France.

2020    This Evening The Night Doesn’t Want to End. Ce Soir La Nuit Ne Veut Pas S’arrêter. Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France.

2020    Serenade is not dead. Dallas Contemporary. Dallas, USA

2019     I have forgotten the night. Madagascar Pavilion. 58th Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy.

2019     Cartography of desires, the space between us. Encounters Art Basel. Hong Kong, China.

2019     Blue take me to the end of all loves. Primo Marella Gallery. Milan, Italy.

2019     Tomorrow, tomorrow. Those are words. You love flowers. How about tomorrow? Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2019     Le printemps. Muse. Monaco.

2018     No habíamos terminado de hablar sobre el amor. Centro de Arte Alcobendas. Madrid, Spain.

2018     Le Pli. Fundaçao Leal Rios. Lisbon, Portugal.

2018     The Geometry of the Angle as point of no Return to Dress the Contemporary. Primae Noctis Gallery. Lugano, Switzerland.

2018     Iarivo traduit de la nuit. Galerie Rx. Paris, France.

2018     Le Vent Souffle Sur Votre Coeur. Château d’Assier. Curated by Annabelle Teneze. Assier, France.
2017     Sur un horizon infini se joue le théâtre de nos affections. Fondation Zinsou & Musée Ouidah. Cotonou, Bénin.
2017     Ausência. Uma Lulik Gallery. Lisbon, Portugal.

2017     Les saisons de mon coeur. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2017     Va et vient. Boat in Canal du Midi. France

2017     A L’horizon de mes jours troubles. Joël Andrianomearisoa. Galeries Lafayettes. Toulouse, France.

2017     BIENALSUR, International Contemporanean Art Bienal in South America. (project)

2017     Le La Tour du Monde. Solo project for the cupola of the Galeries Lafayette Haussman Paris at the occasion of the Africa Now Season. Paris, France. 

2017     Chanson de ma terre lointaine Joël Andrianomearisoa. Primo Marella Gallery. Milan, Italy.

2017     Sentimental Products by Joël Andrianomearisoa . Solo project at the occasion of the Nouveau Réalisme Show. Musée les Abattoirs Toulouse. Toulouse, France. 

2016     Last year in Antananarivo. Tyburn Gallery. London, UK.

2016     The labyrinth of passions, Kaunas in Art. Contemporary Art Festival. Mykolas Žilinskas Art Museum. Kaunas, Lithuania.

2016     La maison sentimentale, Dak’Art. Biennale d’Art Africain Contemporain. Dakar, Senegal. (solo Project)

2016     Accrochage. Rx. Ivry sur Seine, France.

2015     De Profundis. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2015     Parlez-moi. Institut Françcais. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

2014     Carte blanche to Joël Andrianomearisoa. Vendôme Luxury. Le Meurice & Hôtel D’Evreux. Paris, France.

2014     Perfection the grave of our own existence. Mikael Andersen. Berlin, Germany.

2013     Sentimental. Maison Revue Noire. Paris, France.

2012     Waiting for the seventh day that will bring us together. Jack Bell Gallery. London, UK.

2011     0621146952. L’inlassable Galerie. Paris, France.

2011     En l’attente de l’aube qui nous surprendra aux rives du sommeil. Nomad Gallery. Brussels, Belgium.

2011     Le temps d’une rencontre ou pour toujours. Galerie Béatrice Binoche. Saint Denis, La Reunion, France.

2011     Performance - Multi/ Attitudes. Sarah Khan Contemporary Art. Schaan, Liechtenstein.

2011     Hôtel des Rêves. Hôtel du Louvre. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

2010     A perfect kind of love. Goodman Gallery. Johannesburg, South Africa.

2010     Smatesh Remix. Comme Il Faut. Tel Aviv, Israel.

2009     I don´t know how to begin, I don´t know how it will end. Aksent. Gent, Belgium.

2008     Une Histoire. CCAC. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

2007     Black our. :mentalklinik project space. Istanbul, Turkey.

2004     Bar. CCAC. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

2004     Bir Gece (One night). Maçka Gallery - : mentalklinik - Infist. Istanbul, Turkey.


Group Shows (selected)

2021    Voyages Immobiles. Diptyque, La Poste du Louvre, Paris, France. Curated by Jérôme Sans.

2021    Cosmogonies. Zinsou, Une Collection Africaine. MO.CO Hôtel des Collections. Montpellier, France.
2021    Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends. Socle du Monde Biennale 2021. Tekstilmuseet (The TextileMuseum), Herning, Denmark.

2021    Revue Noire. Une histoire d'art contemporains africains. Les Abattoirs. Toulouse, France

2021    Ce Qui s’Oblie et Ce Qui Reste. Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration. Paris, France.
2021    Witness Afro Perspectives From The Jorge M. Perez Collection. Elespacio 23, Miami, USA.

2020    Beyond all you are mine. Hakanto Contemporary. Antananarivo, Madagascar.
2020    NDAO HANAVAO. Ifm. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

2020    Ver Versus Ver II. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2020    Love etc… Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

2020    Ver Versus Ver. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2020    Loewe Foundation Craft Prize. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Paris, France.

2020    Ici Nous Portons Tous Les Rêves du Monde. FDD HY Artplatform Antananarivo. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

2020    A Beast, A God, A Line, curated by Cosmin Costinas. MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

2020     NIRIN. 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Curated by Brook Andrew. Sydney, Australia.

2019    A Beast, A God, A Line, curated by Cosmin Costinas. Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway.

2019    Almost Home. Galerie RX. Paris, France.

2019     Habiter l’intime. Participation with some pieces from Frederic’s Collection. Fondation Thalie. Ixelles, Belgium.

2019     Texture. Manifesta. Lyon, France.

2019     Africa Universe. Primae Noctis. Lugano, Switzerland.

2019     Racing the galaxy. Astana. Kazakhstan.

2019     Incarnations. Bozar. Brussels, Belgium.

2019     Africa! Grieder Contemporary. Zurich, Switzerland.

2019     Oeuvres choisies. Galerie RX. Paris, France.

2019     Kubatana. Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium. Vestfossen, Norway.

2019     Focus. Galerie RX. Paris, France.

2018     African Metropolis. An Imaginary City. Maxxi. Rome, Italy.

2018     Ravelled threads. Sean Kelly Gallery. New York, USA.

2018     Hello World. Hamburger Bahnhof Museum. Berlin, Germany.

2018     Ici la Limite du Royaume est la Mer. Galerie Analakely. Curated by Rina Ralay-Rnaivo. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

2018     DIY. Galerie Joseph Paris. Contempo Arts. Paris, France.

2018    A Beast, A God, A Line, curated by Cosmin Costinas. Dhaka Art Summit. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2018    A Beast, A God, A Line, curated by Cosmin Costinas. Parasite. Hong Kong.

2018     The Black Sphinx II. Primo Marella Gallery. Milano, Italy.

2018    A Beast, A God, A Line, curated by Cosmin Costinas. TS 1. Yangon, Myanmar.

2018     Tissage Tressage Quand la Sculpture Defile. Fondation Villa Datris. L’Isle sur la Sorgue, France.
2018     A Beast, A God, A Line, curated by Cosmin Costinas. MoMA Warsaw. Warsaw, Poland.

2018     La Sfinge Nera II. Primae Noctis. Lugano, Switzerland.

2018     Joël Andrianomearisoa & Abdoulaye Konaté. Duo Show. Richard Koh Fine Art. Kuala Lumpur, Malasia.

2018     Le commerce de la parole. L’Atelier Blanc & Le Moulin des Arts. Curated by Annabelle Ténèze. Villefranche de Rouergue & St Rémy. Paris, France.

2017     All things been equal. Inaugural show. Zeitz Moca. Cape town, South Africa.

2017     Quart d’heure américain. Mains d’oeuvres. Saint Ouen, France.

2017     Le la tour du monde, curated by Diana Wechsler. BIENALSUR, Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de América del Sur. Porto Alegre, Brazil.
2017     Le la tour du monde, curated by Diana Wechsler. BIENALSUR, Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de América del Sur. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2017     The black sphinx. Primo Marella Gallery. Milan, Italy.

2017     NB. RX Gallery. Paris, France.
2017     Untitled. Tyburn Gallery. London, UK.

2017     Vers le Cap de Bonne Esperance. Curated by Simon Njami. Gare Saint Sauveur. Lille, France.

2017     Dalonaz II. Royal. Brussles, Belgium.

2017     The White Hunter. Curated by Marco Scotini. Frigoriferi Milanesi Art Center For Contemporary Art. Milano, Italy.

2017     Afriques Capitales. Curated by Simon Njami, at the occasion of the 100% Afrique Festival at la Villette Paris, France. 

2017     100% Afriques. La Villette. Paris, France.

2017     Autour du nouveau réalisme - Les Dadas des Daniel. Curated by Anabelle Teneze. Les Abattoirs - FRAC Midi-Pyrénées. Toulousse, France.

2016     Winter. RX Gallery. Paris, France.

2016     Essentiel paysage. Al Madeen art Gallery. Marrakech, Morocco.

2016     White surfaces. Primae Noctis Gallery. Lugano, Switzerland.

2016    Between structure and matter: Other Minimal Futures. Curated by Murtaza Vali. Aicon Gallery. New York, USA.

2016     Not really, really. Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection. Brussels, Belgium.

2016     Comme sur du papier. FRAC Réunion. Piton Saint-Leu, Reunion Island.

2016     Virage. Galerie de Roussan. Paris, France.

2016     Tropicália. L’Inlassable Museum. Paris, France.

2015     Something else. Off Biennale Cairo. Cairo, Egypt.

2015     Les Rencontres de Bamako. Biennale Africaine de la Photographie. Bamako, Mali.

2015     Broken english. Tyburn Gallery. London, UK.

2015     Africa Africans. Museu Afro Brasil. Sao Paulo. Brazil.
2015     The Divine Comedy. National Museum of African Art. Washington DC, USA.

2015     You Love Me, You Love Me Not. Curated by Bruno Leitão. Municipal Gallery Almeida Garrett. Porto, Portugal.

2015     A to Z. White proejct. Paris, France

2015     Lugano mostra bandiera. Lugano, Switzerland.

2014     Schwerelos. Arthohler Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland.

2014     Destination…1:54: Contemporary African Art. Prima Marella Gallery. Milan, Italy.

2014     African Contemporary Art. Galerie Mikael Andersen. Copenhagen, Denmark.

2014     A bitter sweet legacy. Galerie de Russian. Paris, France.

2014     Warm Heart Of Africa. Prime Noctis Art Gallery. Lugano, Switzerland.

2014     Political Patterns. Seoul Museum of Art. Seoul, South Korea.

2014     The Divine Comedy. SCADMOA. Savannah, USA.

2014     Textile languages. Thalie Art Project. Brussels, Belgium.

2014     The Divine Comedy. MMK. Frankfurt, Germany.

2014     Biennale de Dakar 2014. Dakar, Senegal.

2013     Periféeriques. Jacmel. Haiti.

2013     Epures. 7.5 club. Paris, France.

2013     Sur la mauvaise pente. Galerie de Roussan. Paris, Francia.

2013     Nouvelles vagues. Slmp. Palais de Tokyo. Galerie de Roussan. Paris, France.

2013     L’échappée belle. Grand Palais. Paris, France.

2012     The progress of love. Menil Collection. Houston, USA.

2012     Sericum Graphein. Glassbox Gallery. Curated by Kaiserin. Paris, France.

2012     21X29,7. Galerie de Roussan. Biennale de Belleville. Paris, France.

2012     Drive My Car. Galería Tagomago. Barcelona, Spain.

2012     MiniArtextil. Montrouge, France.

2011     MiniArtextil 2011. Milano & Como, Italy.

2011     VideoBuro #4. Curated by Julie Crenn. Paris, France.

2011     Eat Me. Goodman Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa.

2011     Africa !. Galerie Hussenot. Paris, France.

2010     In Context. SA National Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa.

2010     The Global Africa Project. Museum of Arts & Design MAD. New York, USA.

2010     Africa, Assume Art Position !. Primo Marella Gallery. Milan, Italy.

2010     12th Cairo Biennale. Cairo, Egypt.

2010     Docks en ciel. curated by Adrien Pasternak. Paris, France.

2010     3rd Sinopale Biennal. Sinop, Turkey.

2010     Winter Show. Goodman Gallery. Johannesburg, South Africa.

2010     In Context. Goodman Gallery – Arts on main. Johannesburg, South Africa.

2010     Off the wall. Gustavsbergs Konsthall. Stockholm, Sweden.

2010     A Collective Diary. Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. Tel Aviv, Israel.

2009     Sphères 2009. Galleria Continua. Goodman Gallery. Le Moulin, France.

2009     Regard special sur la Turquie. Ecole spéciale d’Architecture. Paris, France.

2009     Panaf. Relectures. Algiers, Algeria.

2009     20 ans et encore à la mode. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire. Cholet, France.

2009     Africa now !. World Bank. Washington, USA.

2009     Black Paris – Black Brussels. Musée d’Ixelles. Brussels, Belgium.

2009     Revue Noire Collection. NAAC Atelier. Nantes, France.

2008     Flow. Studio Museum Harlem. New York. USA.

2007     L’invention de la mémoire. Saint Denis, La Réunion.

2007     Africa Remix. Johannesburg Art Gallery. South Africa.

2007     Gooood Food bis. Maison Descartes. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2007     Bidibidibidiboo. Ecole des beaux-arts Le Port, Reunion Island.

2007     Paris Black. Museum der welt kulturen. Frankfurt, Germany.

2007     Propos libres. La passerelle. Saint Brieuc, France.

2006     Biennale du design. Saint Etienne, France.

2006     Dressing the contemporary. Bern, Switzerland.

2006     Africa Remix. Moderna Museet. Stockholm, Sweden.

2006     Africa Remix. Mori Art Museum. Tokyo, Japan.

2006     Paris Black. Iwalewa Haus. Bayreuth, Germany.

2006     9th La Habana Biennale. Havana, Cuba.

2005     Africa Remix. Centre Pompidou. Paris, France.

2005     Africa Remix. Hayward Gallery. London, England.

2004     Africa Remix. Museum KunstPalast. Düsseldorf, Germany.

2004     Du Bosphore à la Moine. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire. Cholet, France.

2004     Lille 2004. Roubaix phare textile. Musée d’Art et d’industrie la Piscine. Roubaix, France.

2001     Archicouture. Chapelle de la Sorbonne. Paris, France.

2001     Sand und seide. Ifa. Stuttgart, Germany.

2000     Paris pour escale. Arc - Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. France.

2000     Fun five fun story. New South Art Gallery. Sydney, Australia.


Art fairs

2021    ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2020    ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2020    1:54 Art Fair Marrakech. Primo Marella Gallery. Marrakech, Morocco.

2020    Bologna Artefiera. Primo Marella Gallery. Bologna, Italy

2020    Taipei Dandgai. Sabrina Amrani. Taipei, Taiwan.
2020    viennacontemporary.Sabrina Amrani. Vienna, Austria.

2019     Untitled Art Fair. Primo Marella Gallery. Miami, USA.

2019     1:54 Art Fair. Primo Marella Gallery. London, UK.

2019     Frieze Art Fair. Primae Noctis Gallery. London, UK.

2019     viennacontemporary. Sabrina Amrani. Vienna, Austria.

2019     Expo Chicago Art Fair. Galerie RX. Chicago, EEUU.

2019     Beirut Art Fair. Primo Marella Gallery. Beirut, Lebanon.

2019     ARCOlisboa. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Lisbon, Portugal.

2019     Art Basel Hong Kong. Encounters. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Hong Kong, China.

2019     ARCOmadarid. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2018     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Turin, Italy.

2018     ARCOlisboa. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Lisbon, Portugal.

2018     Cape Town Art Fair. Cape Town, South Africa.

2018     ARCOmadrid. Sabrin Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2018     1-54 Art Fair. Marrakech, Morocco.

2018     Dhaka Art Summit. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2017     Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Turin, Italy.

2017     Art Brussels. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Brussels, Belgium.

2017     ArtParis ArtFair. Lettera27 Foundation. Paris, France.

2017     ArtParis ArtFair. Magnin-a. Paris, France.

2017     The Armory Show. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. New York, USA.

2017     ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.

2017     Cape Town Art Fair. Sabrina Amrani. Cape Town, South Africa. (solo show, Mascarade)

2017     Cape Town Art Fair. Primo Marella Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa.

2017     India Art Fair. Sabrina Amrani. New Delhi, India. (solo project)

2017     Artefiera, Bologna Art Fair. Primo Marella Gallery. Bologna, Italy.

2016     ArtBo. Sabrina Amrani. Bogota, Colombia.

2016     1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London, Sabrina Amrani. London, UK.

2016     ARCOLisboa. IV Audemars Piguet ARCOmadrid Prize project. Sabrina Amrani. Lisboa, Portugal.

2016     1:54 Contemporary Africa Art Fair New York, Sabrina Amrani, New York, USA. (solo show)

2016     Art Brussels, Sabrina Amrani, Brussels, Belgium.

2016     Art Dubai, Sabrina Amrani, Dubai, EAU.

2016     ARCOmadrid, Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain.

2016     India Art Fair, Sabrina Amrani, New Delhi, India.

2015     1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Sabrina Amrani, London, UK.

2015     ArtInternational, Sabrina Amrani, Istanbul, Turkey.

2015     Art 15, Sabrina Amrani, London, UK. (solo show)

2015     ARCOmadrid, Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain.




IV Audemars Piget ARCOmadrid Prize. Madrid, Spain.


Public collections (selected)


Muzeum Sztuki. Lodz, Poland.

Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse. Toulouse, France.

Zeitz MOCAA. Cape Town, South Africa.

Leal Rios Foundation. Lisbon, Portugal.
National Museum of African Art. Washinton D.C., USA.

Macaal. Marrakech, Morocco.

Studio Museum - Harlem. New York, USA.

Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain - Frac. La Réunion, France.

Médiathèque du Tampon. La Réunion, France.

Art in Embassies. Embassy of the US in Antananarivo. Madagascar.

Koç Fondation. Istanbul, Turkey.

Sindika Dokolo Fondation. Luanda.

Fondazione Golinelli. Bologna, Italy.

Collection Revue Noire. Paris, France.

Fondation Zinsou. Cotonou, Bénin.

Frederic de Goldschmidt Collection. Brussels, Belgium.




WE WERE SO VERY MUCH IN LOVE –  Revue Noire – 2020.

I HAVE FORGOTTEN THE NIGHT –  Revue Noire – 2019.


IRY – Curador – 2018.

CHANSON DE MA TERRE LOINTAINE - Primo Marella Gallery – 2017.

LAST YEAR IN ANTANANARIVO – Tyburn Gallery – 2016.

AUDEMARS PIGUET ARCOMADRID PRIZE 2016 - Sabrina Amrani & Audemars Piguet – 2016.

PARLEZ-MOI - Joël Andrianomearisoa – Ifm Madagascar – 2015.

SENTIMENTA PRODUCTS – Joël Andrianomearisoa. Revue Noire & Vendôme Luxury – 2014.

30 ET PRESQUE-SONGES – Joël Andrianomearisoa.  Revue Noire – 2012.

SENTIMENTAL – Joël Andrianomearisoa. Revue Noire – 2012.