Pavillon des Italiens
Cité des Arts de Montmartre
Jully 1 - 3, 2016
In collaboration with heiwata

With: Alice Allenet, Noémie Bablet, Safouane Ben Slama, Cécile Bouffard, Julie Buffard-Moret et Raphaël Emine, Pablo Campos, Eve Chabanon, Emmanuelle Charneau, Gaëlle Choisne, Martin Chramosta, Matthieu Cossé, Julien Creuzet, Emile Degorce-Dumas et Hélène Garcia, Léo Dorfner, Juliette Dumas, Josquin Gouilly Frossard, Haje (Tom Lemann et Quentin Danos), Tarik Kiswanson, Paul Lahana, Eliane Lorthiois, Guillaume Maraud, Enzo Mianes, Laura Not, Réjean Peytavin, Pablo Réol, Dimitri Robert Rimsky, Louise Siffert, Julie Vacher, Lara Vallance, Mona Varichon, Allan Villavicencio, Vincent Voillat, Noémie Vulpian, Cyril Zarcone.

Tropisms is the encounter of Heiwata members' multiple influences. Through bringing together a community of artists, presenting performances and artworks, this launch reflects the woven bonds created in past years as well as the present.

Tropism, noun
[trō′pĭz′əm]. 1897 biology.
- Involuntary reaction indicating growth of a biological organism or certain animals, in response to environmental, physical, or chemical stimulus. Movement.
- Inherent tendency of a vegetal organism to develop its growth in the direction of an external source of stimulation. Inclination.
- A force that drives an action done without cognitive thought.
An innate tendency, a natura inclination, or a propensity to act in a certain manner. Tension. (Invincible tropism).


Anaïs Lepage is an independent curator and writer based in Paris.

Her research focuses on excesses and secrets in art history in connection with a history of the affects and spiritualities as well as postcolonial and gender studies. Inspired by radical pedagogies and feminist theories, she questions the forms of speech through collaborations, workshops, and a shift in critical, intimate, and performative narrative.

Trained in Art History at the École du Louvre, in Museum Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and in Curatorial Studies at the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Lepage multiplies experiences in France and abroad.
She started at the Maison Rouge - Foundation Antoine de Galbert in Paris, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal and, alongside Guillaume Désanges, at the Verrière - Hermès Foundation in Brussels. Then, she worked as assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chengdu, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

From 2015 to 2020 she co-founded HEIWATA, a curatorial platform based between Paris, Mexico City, and Toronto. She has developed projects with artists such as Madison Bycroft, Julien Creuzet, Gaëlle Choisne, Ad Minoliti, and Rachel Rose, among others. Recently, she collaborated with AICA International, the CNEAI art center, and the Palais de Tokyo. Since 2019, she teaches exhibition curating at the Sorbonne University