ifa laboratory launch
ifa gallery is established in 2006 in Shanghai by Alexis Kouzmine-Karavaïeff. Diligently visiting artists’ studios, the gallery worked to select the most promising artists, whose singular language and means of expression are far from clichés and conventions, offering artistic visions and strong concepts.
Over the years, ifa gallery organised several outstanding exhibitions, featuring artworks from one artist or considered curated group exhibitions. Several major solo exhibitions have been organised, among others, the one of the Korean artist Park Sung-Tae, or some of Chinese artists such as Liu Bolin, Gao Brothers, Dai Guangyu…
The gallery acquired an international recognition through its participation to art fairs such as Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Paris, Art Stage Singapore, Asia Now or Photo Shanghai.
Fall 2013, ifa gallery moves to new premises in the heart and capital of Europe, Brussels. Located in the old central district of Marolles, the gallery offers a dynamic programme with its main artists from China and new artists from the Europe.
ifa gallery represents Dai Guangyu, Gao Brothers, Zane Mellupe, Alexandre Ouairy, Joakim Eneroth, Paulina Otylie Surys and features many other artists such as Zhang Dali, Li Chevalier, Szilárd Cseke, Christophe Demaître…
ifa²gallery is the brand-name for ifa gallery pop-up spaces.
AUG.2010 – FEB.2011
A 50m² space located on Yongkang Lu, in the former French concession of Shanghai.
This street was a former vegetable market revamped in 2009 by the developers Platform-Yonkangli.
Early 2010, the artist-curator Zane Mellupe opened five spontaneous art spaces, including the gallery YK art space, and created Yongkang Lu Art, a new platform for contemporary art, organising exhibitions and performances.
SEP.2015 – MAY.2016
A 40m² space located on Rue Haute/Hoogstraat 153 in Marolles district of Brussels, in collaboration with the artist Christophe Demaître.
This exhibition space is 3 minutes walk away from ifa gallery in Brussels and features Christophe Demaître artworks.
The name ifa laboratory derives from the collaboration with ifa gallery.
ifa in Chinese means the methods of arts. ifa laboratory is a consultancy and a social enterprise.
The creation of ifa laboratory is based on the idea of highlighting the added value of art and culture. “Art for art’s sake” is good, but not good enough. Not if art will be sustainable and organically integrated in the society. Thus ifa laboratory seeks to promote art and creativity through original perspectives and contribute to the valorization of art.
ifa laboratory aims to demonstrate that art can be used to the benefit of different strata of society, whether the simple individual, a neighbourhood, a business, an organisation, a government…
Behind ifa laboratory you find a dynamic team with diverse and complementary international experience. The core team consists of three persons; Johanna Suo, David Laurier and Alexis Kouzmine-Karavaïeff. ifa laboratory also works with independent experts making it possible to provide the best quality of the services on offer.