M/M (Paris) is a partnership between Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag, founded in 1992. Working within the framework and language of design, these artists manifest a diverse practice across the fields of art, music, and fashion. Untethered by the strictures of disciplinary boundaries, these self-declared graphic designers, who go to an “office” and not a “studio”, perceive their professional title, in their own words, as a “strategic creative position”. They continue: “Each discipline exists in itself, but it is true that ‘transversality’ - which means artist’s fascination for the applied arts: for fashion, design, architecture, graphic design - gave us the chance from the other direction, to intervene in the field of art.”
Michael Amzalag studied at the Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Arts Dcoratifs, Paris and Mathias Augustyniak studied at the Royal College of Arts, London. After leaving art school, they co-founded M/M in 1992. From their Paris office, they have forged longstanding collaborations with fashion designers including Yohji Yamamoto, Martine Sitbon, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein and Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, the photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, many artists including Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, and Bjrk for whom they directed their first video (Hidden Place, 2000), designed several albums and designed and edited her book, ‘Bjrk’. Between 2001 and 2003 they were creative consultants and art directors for one of the world leadings fashion magazines, ‘Vogue’ Paris, and in 2002 they designed with Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, Etienne Marcel, a caf in Paris. M/M have enjoyed solo exhibitions at Rocket Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2003 and 2004); Le rectangle, Lyon, France (2003); Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2005); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2005); and Haunch of Venison, London (2006). In 2006, they also presented a video work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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