Founded in 2007 in the 20th arrondissement of Paris before moving to the Marais in 2011, Semiose has immediately established itself in the artistic landscape as a gallery with a program rooted in the margins. Nourished by underground cultures, it defends forms and ideas born in the political, social or geographical bangs.
The practice of quotation is a common marker for the artists represented by the gallery and raises complex questions related to the making of images and their dissemination, the role and meaning of archives, and visual culture in a broad sense. Semiose promotes an aesthetic based on questions of taste and, consequently, cultural hierarchies. The techniques of collage, appropriation and detour are shared by most of the artists, resulting in a converging interest in representation, reference to the real and the everyday.
Young artists rub shoulders with historical figures or those of international stature. Over time and through a patient professional network, institutions and public collections have forged unfailing links with the artists promoted by the gallery. Semiose is also committed beyond the simple representation of artists: it plays a full role in the art eco-system with a scientific and curatorial approach. It produces works and ensures a rigorous documentary and archival work around the artists represented.
Semiose also doubles its activities through a publishing house, Semiose éditions. Available internationally, more than a hundred titles have been published to date, including monographs, artists' books, writings and essays, a magazine and a collection of artists' coloring books.