Philippe Parreno was born in Algeria in 1964, and currently lives and works in Paris. During the 1980s, he trained at the School of Fine Arts in Grenoble, then attended the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques, then under the directorship of Pontus Hultén. Since the 1990s, he has been fascinated by media, information technology and virtual reality. Adopting a dynamic and collaborative approach to art, he has worked with some of the most influential artists of recent decades, like Pierre Huyghe, Tino Sehgal, Douglas Gordon and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, radically rethinking the concept of the exhibition. Parreno often intervenes in the mechanisms of how exhibitions work, creating environments in which episode that are ephemeral or of variable length arise, making the exhibition itself the artistic object. His films, on the other hand, move within a poetic space with strong references to science fiction, occult sciences, philosophy and fable. Among his most famous works is the series of Marquee light installations created from 2006, inspired by American cinema of the 1950s. Filling the space with their intermittent light, these emblems introduce the possiblity of an event, a work of art in itself, but also promise other works that await the viewer.
Philippe Parreno recently exhibited his work at Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2015-16), Armory, New York (2015), the Garage Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow (2013), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009). Two of his Marquees were shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition "The Illusion of Light" (2014-15) and at Punta della Dogana in the exhibitions "Prima Materia" (2013-15) and "Accrochage" (2016).