Mon devoir est de vivre

Residency ······· 03/10 – 02/11/2022

Opening ········· 03/11/2022 (5pm – 9pm)

Exhibition ······· 04/11 – 17/11/2022
                   (Wed. – Sat., 1pm – 6pm)


For his work show PASSÉ, PRÉSENT & FUTUR – Mon devoir est de vivre, Julien Sitruk explored the media of painting, photography, and film. Over the past few months he has developed an extensive work of art for HOTO that is composed of numerous canvases, photo series, and a short film. Sitruk has been painting and photographing since a very young age and, as a self-taught artist, found his very own polarizing and extraordinary style early on. His works are strongly influenced by music – the Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould or Ryūichi Sakamoto play just as big a role as the influence of heavy metal. He was inspired by Beuys and Kinski and discovered extraordinary things in comics that had a great influence on his work.

"And then there's time, this terrible thing that cuts off a piece of our lives every day, like a pear that you eat and eventually devour." Julien Sitruk

Born in 1999, Julien Sitruk lives and works in Paris and Berlin. The self-taught artist began painting at the age of 9 and was the subject of a laudatory article in AZART magazine at the age of 12. Moving through Berlin, Monaco, Kiev and now Berlin, he had his first exhibition when he was only 13 years old. Sitruk found his way into artistic expression through painting first, later also through photography, video and sound.

Supported by Diane Pernet since he was 16, the artist's work was exhibited at the Centre Pomidou during the ASVOFF International Fashion Film Festival. Sitruk's paintings are followed by many collectors in France and the United States and he has been represented by several European galleries.

︎︎︎ artist’s website