Author, editor, curator.
Founder of HEY! modern art & pop culture
Anne Richard has been working in the art world under various pseudonyms (Anne & Julien, Anne of HEY!, Rosita Warlock) since 1986. Her knowledge of pop subcultures, as well as a solid involvement in the fields of documentary, publishing and live performance, has made her a key player in the cultural landscape, thanks to achievements on a national and international scale. Inaugurated in Paris in 2014, the exhibition "Tatoueurs, Tatoués" (musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac) for which she signed the general curatorship attracted 750,000 visitors in France. She continues to accompany the exhibition, since 2016 on international tour, and scheduled until 2026 abroad. This success has led the Quai Branly to make a series of acquisitions (history and globalization collection) of contemporary works produced under her direction. In addition, she founded in 2010, with Julien de HEY! - her lifelong companion - HEY! modern art & pop culture: a multidisciplinary structure combining bilingual art magazines, exhibitions and shows. HEY! has made visible in Europe an international community of artists working to challenge dominant conventions and codes. An art form that has long been regarded as "alternative", rarely exhibited, and yet created by thousands of artists around the world. Supported by La Halle Saint Pierre, this approach has been accompanied by the museum since 2010, allowing an unprecedented sharing with a wider public, for ever more discoveries. Also identified for his work in music under the name Djubaka on France Inter, Julien left HEY! in 2017. Anne continues the curatorial work she has been leading since the creation of the activity.
duo Anne & Julien
Over the years and in almost thirty years of activity, the work of the founders of HEY! - Anne & Julien - is known for its ability to unveil new talents and open previously unknown fields of exploration. Specialists of “outside of the box” arts and outsider pop, they work on two axes since 1990, which they formulated on the occasion of the opening of their art gallery L’Hydre de L’Art (Paris). In connection with the preoccupations and interests of the present time, they re emerge forgotten worlds, choosing themes and works that tend to make visible an avant-garde; and decrypt comprehensive topics offering an alternative to the vision of a normative and unilateral culture. Activists in regard of the influence of pop countercultures and marginal art on the running of the world, the duo is is behind several major and now historical exhibitions in France (“Miyazaki vs Moebius”, musée de la Monnaie de Paris - 2004/2005 // “Tatoueurs, Tatoués”, musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris - 2014/2015). Meanwhile, they set up three founding exhibitions of pop outsider and pop figurative art: “HEY! modern art & pop culture” at Halle Saint Pierre, Paris (2011 - 2013 - 2015), the first of this kind in Europe and in museums, named after the eponymous magazine created in March 2010.
Zoé Forget has worked alongside Anne & Julien since September 2011, which corresponds to the 8th issue of HEY! modern art & pop culture. In 2009, she prompted a meeting with the duo, after seeing their first group (78 RPM Selector) on stage. Seeing her photographs, Anne & Julien encouraged her to stay with them, to participate in the assembly of the first HEY! exhibition in Paris. The ideals defended by HEY!, and the energy of the artistic universe that she was brought to meet led Zoé Forget to immerse herself deeply in all projects led by the duo. In addition to exhibition curation and directing the photographic execution of the magazine, she also participates in the development of its contents. Zoé Forget also takes part in the executive production of HEY!'s festivals and HEY! La Cie’s shows. Today, she is the project and development manager of HEY!, staying by Anne & Julien as their joint right arm.
For the “Tatoueurs Tatoués” exhibition at the quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum (Paris), Zoé Forget created 8 photographs presented in the last room - the photographic cabinet. This series was presented at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) as part of the “Tattoos: Ritual exhibition. Identity. Obsession. Art” in 2016, then at the Field Museum in Chicago - and will continue to follow the exhibition as part of its international tour planned until 2020. Zoé Forget is also the official HEY! La CIE photographer, and co-editor (?) of the books HEY! TATTOO and 4 Degrees ART alongside Anne de HEY !. Moreover, since 2005, focused on studio work, Zoé Forget has continued to develop her own photographic work. Graduate of the ENS Louis Lumière (Paris), she has a PhD in Aesthetics, Sciences and Technologies of the Arts, Zoé Forget examines the body as a marginal subject, political place and expression of both visual and social anti-standards at the core of her theoretical photographic work. Her doctoral thesis, published in 2015 by L'Harmattan, studied the representation of unusual bodies in contemporary photography.