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Dubai World Expo

The World Expo takes place from October 1st 2021 to March 31st 2022. Art Explora has been chosen to represent culture in the French Pavilion. The foundation takes part in the World Expo with two main projects: the creation of the "Art Planet" in the permanent exhibition and a rich artistic programmation during the whole event.

Art Explora in the French Pavilion

The Art Explora area in the France Pavilion illustrates the Foundation’s missions which include providing access to culture to as many people as possible and support for contemporary creation.

Art Explora will be presenting for the very first time to the public its ARTEXPLORER museum boat project, as well as a unique digital and interactive installation by artist Neïl Beloufa.

There is no I in island
Production : Bad Manner’s
Artistic direction: Neil Beloufa
2021

The French artist Neïl Beloufa and Bad Manner’s have developed a new technology for this interactive installation. The spectator is filmed, and his picture is projected live in the middle of a map of the world on which the catamaran Art Explorer sails. Through his movements, the spectator interacts with the continents and oceans, which move, deform, transform, and no longer find their original shape. The spectator must try to answer the laments of this planet misstructured by his arrival.

The ARTEXPLORER museum boat

To present this museum boat project, the Foundation will exhibit a 3.6m long and 5m high model positioned in a pool, plus an immersive panoramic film 17m long and 3m high explaining the concept.



France Day on October 2nd 2021

For France Day, GrimeLove by choreographers Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud will be performed three times to the World Expo public.

Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud
GrimeLove
In collaboration with the national Ballet of Marseille.

Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud are working with the Ballet de Marseille and the Japanese ballerina Erika Miyauchi, to create an artwork inspired by their previous collaborations, Dublove (2013), Altered Natives (2012), and DFS (2017). Fascinated by the rhythmic complexity of Jamaican Dancehall, for several years now Cecilia Bengolea has been interested in the musical and choreographic culture emerging the 1960s. Through this artwork, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea affirm their passion for the rich diversity of choreographic and artistic practices, deriving from all walks of life. Based on theexperience of these heterogeneous languages, they present a specific, speculative, abstract, and humorous composition. They are therefore pursuing their research long term, based on a curiosity for choreographic and musical forms of expression that is as much anthropological as it is formal. This performance is an ode to the disparate sources that inspired it, while liberating itself from them to create unexpected combinations and forms, free of the references that informed the work.

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Cecilia Bengolea

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Cecilia Bengolea

Cecilia Bengolea was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1979, she now lives and works in France. Cecilia Bengolea works on a large range of media including performance, video and sculpture. She uses dance as a tool and a medium for radical empathy and emotional exchange. The artist develops a broad artistry where she sees movement, dance and performance as animated sculptures, where she is both the object and the subject of her own work.

Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud have been collaborating since 2005. Their works Pâquerette (2005-2008) and Sylphides (2009), have earned several awards such as the Award de la Critique de Paris in 2010 and the Young Artist Prize at the Gwangju Biennial in 2014. They have also co-created dance pieces for their dance company as well as for the Ballet de Lyon (2013), the Ballet de Lorraine (2014) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal.

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François Chaignaud

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François Chaignaud

François Chaignaud was born in Rennes (France) in 1983. He studied dance from the age of six and studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris. From He’s One that Goes to Sea for Nothing but to Make him sick (2004) to  Думи мої (2013), he has created performances in which dance and singing intersect, in a wide variety of environments and at the meeting points of many inspirations.

Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud have been collaborating since 2005. Their works Pâquerette (2005-2008) and Sylphides (2009), have earned several awards such as the Award de la Critique de Paris in 2010 and the Young Artist Prize at the Gwangju Biennial in 2014. They have also co-created dance pieces for their dance company as well as for the Ballet de Lyon (2013), the Ballet de Lorraine (2014) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal.

Other inhabitants

Exhibition of works by French artists during World Expo's Cities themed week

During the World Cities themed week at the World Expo, Art Explora will be proposing an exhibition of works by internationally renowned French artists who question the place of ecosystems in the urban environment. These works will be presented simultaneously in several urban spaces, in both Dubai and Paris, so as to share the World Expo's arts programme with as many people as possible.  The public will have the chance to discover these works in Dubai in front of the French Pavilion and on Jumeirah Road, and also in Paris on the platforms of the Palais-Royal - Musée du Louvre metro station.

The artists:

Olfactory artwork by Morgan Courtois

Art Explora and IFF shall present an olfactory creation by the artist Morgan Courtois entitled Hybris, created in collaboration with perfumer Céline Barel. It will be distributed to the public in the French Pavilion and in the Paris metro during the World Expo's Cities themed week.

Morgan Courtois
Hybris 
In collaboration with the perfumer Céline Barel
2021

Hybris is a flash of iridescence lighting up a hydrocarbon night. An electrifying aldehyde overload in the lead. The appearance of a mutant rose in the humidity of an asphalt slick.

Partners

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French Institute of UAE

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The UAE French Institute is the cooperation and cultural action department of the French Embassy. It seeks to promote French creation, thought and language, and foster cultural, artistic, educational, academic and scientific exchanges between France and the United Arab Emirates. As such, it is the cooperation contact entity in the UAE for the Regional Advisors in their sector (Health, Justice, Nuclear, Agriculture...). It follows the cultural, educational and health components of the Franco-Emirates strategic dialogue.Its activity therefore covers a vast field of action. It organizes events for visual arts, performing arts, cinema, debate…

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International Flavors and Fragrances

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JCDecaux

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JCDecaux is the largest outdoor advertising specialist in the world operating across 3 business segments: street furniture, transport and billboard advertising, and reaching an audience of +840M people daily across 80 countries.We design, install and maintain a range of services developed for the benefit of cities, airports, its people, and those visiting, while offering brands premium communication platforms delivering maximum visibility. Our business model benefits all stakeholders – councils, landlords, advertisers and consumers – and is unique and sustainable. We are passionate about design, quality and great service, and pride ourselves on constant innovation.  The only international player in the Middle East, in Dubai, JCDecaux exclusively manages the long-term concessions of Dubai Airports, Tecom Business Communities and Jumeirah Road.

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French Pavilion

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