Artists in residence Art Explora - Cité internationale des arts

Launched in 2021, this program gives artists from all over the world the opportunity to develop their research and creative work in the heart of Paris, in liaison with the French artistic and professional scene. It encourages creation in all its forms, while facilitating its dissemination to the widest possible audience. Residents' work focuses on themes of scientific and technological exploration, and addresses the major social and environmental issues of our time.

Some twenty artists are selected each year by an international selection committee.

Residents 2024

First session - from spring 2024

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Korakrit Arunanondchai

Thailand

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Korakrit Arunanondchai, Thailand

To Compete with The Chorus of Time

Biography

‍Bornin Thailand, Korakrit Arunanondchai lives and works in New York and Bangkok. His work explores the transformative power of narrative. With each project, the artist expands his cosmos of interconnected stories through large-scale video installations, paintings, objects and performances. In his videos, he works with experiences from his personal environment, as well as with political events, history and the issues of our crisis-ridden present. Korakrit Arunanondchai often draws inspiration from the cultural contexts of his own biography and spaces marked by post-colonial trauma. Referencing philosophy and mythology, her narratives interweave questions about consciousness, empathy and community. Her work has recently been exhibited at Lafayette Anticipations (France, 2023), Moderna Museet (Sweden, 2022), Singapore Art Museum (Malaysia, 2022), Palais de Tokyo (France, 2015) and MoMA PS1 (USA, 2014).

Residency project

‍Basedon her grandfather's diary, Korakrit Arunanondchai will initiate a journey that combines readings, text writing and visits to various neighborhoods that have left their mark on her family and their memories of Paris, particularly the Thai Embassy. The artist began this research with conversations with her mother to gather her stories and memories of Paris that resonate with the project. From this historical archive, Korakrit Arunanondchai will begin a new series of works, transforming her mother's dolls' houses into sculptures of houses inhabited by spirits, and building a small puppet animation in her studio space. This project will continue in the form of a new video installation entitled To Compete with The Chorus of Time.

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Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro

Brazil

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Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, Brazil

Kalunga, the Origen of species

Biography

‍Bornin Brazil, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro lives and works on planet Earth. Through photography, video, dance, painting and installations, her practice explores healing in existential and corporeal fields, and the reterritorialization of the body and the spaces it circulates and inhabits. In his multi-disciplinary practice, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro investigates the mystery between life and death, and ways of navigating between these existential zones. His work has been shown in numerous institutions, including the 35th São Paulo Biennale (Brazil, 2023), Serpentine (UK, 2023), Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas (USA, 2022), Kunsthalle Wien (Austria, 2021) and the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (Germany, 2020).

Residency project

‍Hisresidency project aims to study the Bantu concept of " Kalunga ", which is a principle of transmutation and ecology, as well as the power of metamorphosis (spiritual and philosophical) revered in several Bantu-Brazilian religions. For the second chapter of the Kalunga project, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro will establish a link between Brazil and France based on the techniques of meditation, dance and body movement of Bantu origin present in both countries, exploring the relationship between drawing and dance. The movement of the body is the movement of history, according to Brazilian historian Beatriz do Nascimento. With this in mind, she decided to set up a painting, drawing and dance workshop to experiment with the philosophy of the Bantu gesture, using techniques that combine fullness, love and freedom.

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Alejandro García Contreras

Mexico

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Alejandro García Contreras, Mexico

House of Isis

Biography

‍Bornin Mexico, Alejandro García Contreras lives and works in Guadalajara. His work is based on complex imagery blending Chiapas craft production, colonial art, comic books and pop comics, folklore, mythology and his personal history. While her creative resources are varied, her projects also have a protean materiality, fusing ceramics, graphics, painting and other artistic resources. This combination of elements produces suggestive forms in which viewers can explore the divine and the evil, the magical, the erotic, the feminine and various taboos of their own unconscious, discovering a new sense of divinity through contemporary idols. Alejandro García Contreras' work has recently been shown at : Swievel Gallery (USA, 2023), Judd Foundation (USA, 2023), House of Gaga (Mexico, 2023), Travesia Cuatro Gallery (Mexico, 2023), and Friedman Benda (USA, 2022).

Residency project

The project is entitled " House of Isis ", in reference to writer François Maspero's assertion that the cult of Isis was widespread in France, particularly in the Paris basin. The research process to be carried out during the residency in Paris aims to access the cultural and historical wealth, diverse information, documents and objects found in Paris museums, particularly the Musée Gustave Moreau. With a multidisciplinary approach open to the diversity of cultural influences, the aim is to enrich the production of his work, particularly in relation to themes linked to archaeology and anthropology, 19th-century Symbolist art, esotericism and mythological themes recurrent in classical art and past human civilizations. He wishes to continue exploring concepts and symbols, blending elements of history, mythology and culture, and using techniques such as ceramics and painting from a contemporary perspective.

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Beatrice Gibson

United Kingdom

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Beatrice Gibson, United Kingdom

The Night

Biography

‍Bornin the UK, Beatrice Gibson lives and works between London and Palermo. Her films are known for their experimental and emotional nature. Resolutely feminist in form and content, they explore the personal and the political, and draw inspiration from cult figures in the world of experimental literature and poetry, such as Kathy Acker and Gertrude Stein. Neither quite fiction nor quite documentary, her films range from experimental autobiography to nocturnal thriller, and feature the artist's friends and references as characters and co-creators. Beatrice Gibsona's work has recently been exhibited at Ordet (Italy, 2023), Fondazione Prada (Italy, 2023), Camden Arts Centre (UK, 2019), Mercer Union (Canada, 2019) and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Germany, 2018). His latest film, Deux soeurs (qui ne sont pas des soeurs), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, 2019.

Residency project

‍Duringher residency, Beatrice Gibson will work on La nuit, a feature film set in Paris. La nuit tells the story of a woman who, after an abortion, wanders the streets of Paris and has a series of silent encounters. Marked by the birth of her daughter and her experience of racism in the French welfare system, she plans to return to Bamako, her parents' hometown. Halfway between documentary and fiction (blurring the line between the two genres), the characters in La nuit don't really speak; rather, they "emote". They tell each other stories, things they've seen or heard, experiences they've had. As La nuit progresses, dream and reality become intertwined, and we slip into something more hallucinatory, erratic and transgressive.

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Rajyashri Goody

India

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Rajyashri Goody, India

In your voice sings the bird of equality

Biography

‍Bornin India, Rajyashri Goody lives and works between the Netherlands and India. Her research explores culinary culture, religious conversions, literacy, literature, mobility and the creation of expressive space in the context of India's violent caste system. Using a variety of media, including writing, ceramics, photography, video and sculpture made from found objects and kitchen ingredients, she seeks to decode and make visible relations of power and resistance at work in the daily lives of Dalit communities in India. Her work has been shown in numerous institutions and international exhibitions, including : Jogja Fotografis Festival (Indonesia, 2023), Breda Photo (Netherlands, 2022), Savvy Contemporary (Germany, 2022), Goethe Institut (India, 2022) and Les Rencontres de Bamako (Mali, 2022).

Residency project

‍RiyashriGoody's research revolves around the popular imagery of political leader B.R. Ambedkar, whose statues adorn many public squares and institutions, and whose image is often displayed in Dalit homes alongside an image of the Buddha. In Paris, the artist will seek to establish parallels between this imagery and the phrase "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" and its role in public space in France, as well as its links with Buddhism. Ambedkar's social philosophy was based on the idea of liberty, equality and fraternity, not on the French Revolution but on Buddhism, which played a central role in the mass conversion of hundreds of thousands of Dalits from Hinduism to Buddhism in 1956. During her residency, Rajyashri Goody will work primarily with writing, printmaking and porcelain, exploring French porcelain and the history of patriotic earthenware during the Revolution.

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Mira Mann

Germany

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Mira Mann, Germany

Plur-imag-e-in-air-e-s (exploring the utopias,visions and exoticisms of socialist modernism)

Biography

‍Bornin Germany, Mira Mann lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. Combining performance, video images, scenography and objects, Mira Mann's work explores themes of hybridity, representation and memory, narrative patterns of canonized and instrumentalized underlying history. It invites us to explore the construction and deconstruction of the self, manipulating the intermediary tensions between object and subject. Their practice seeks to create experiences and encounters that irritate and subvert the status quo of established conventions and power relations between race, class and gender, towards an anti-imperialist, intersectional resistance that tends towards imagination and play. The artist has recently exhibited at Frac Île-de-France, Réserves & Fondation Fiminco (France, 2023), N/A (South Korea, 2023), Serpentine (UK, 2023), Drei (Germany, 2022), Brücke Museum (Germany, 2022) and Kunstverein Bielefeld (Germany 2022).

Residency project

‍Thestarting point for this research is a book of photographs by Chris Marker entitled Coréennes, which retraces his trip to North Korea organized in 1958 by the French Communist Party. One of the women photographed is actress and dancer Choi Seung Hee, a modern dance star and committed socialist who went to Paris in 1938 to dance in a show at the Théâtre national de Chaillot, where she made a strong impression on Cocteau, Bataille and Picasso, among others. Through visits, conversations, writings, videos and photographs, Mira Mann aims to explore the aesthetic, performative and theatrical visions of the exchanges of the socialist international, the processes of (self-)exoticization, and the appropriation and performance of gender at the intersection of race, which were widely amplified on the stages of theaters, cabarets, at the Paris World Fairs and in museum collections. Following in the footsteps of Chris Marker and Choi Seung Hee, iel aims to build an archive of ideograms, gestures, dances, pauses, images and sounds about fragmented identities and new translations of socialist visions, awakening the invisible, the gaps and absences persisting in the desire for an imaginary associated with Asia.

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Gisela McDaniel

United States

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Gisela McDaniel, United States

The Tasks of CHamoru Reclamation & ReMatriation: Drilling Down to the Marrow of Parisian Primitivism

Biography

‍Bornin the United States, Gisela McDaniel lives and works in New York. Gisela McDaniel is a CHamoru indigenous diasporic artist who explores the effects of displacement and colonization through portraiture and oral history. She blends audio recordings, assemblages and oil paintings to subvert traditional power relations between artist and sitter. By incorporating the voices of the models who pose for her, and giving them control over how they are portrayed, Gisela McDaniel critiques the way in which certain art-historical traditions privilege the artist's point of view. Her work has been shown in numerous institutions, including the Frye Art Museum (USA, 2023), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Germany, 2023), Museum of Fine Arts Boston (USA, 2023), FLAG Art Foundation (USA, 2023) and ICA Boston (USA, 2022).

Residency project

‍Thisresidency project consists of a meticulous exploration of the academic history, institutional archives and contemporary impact of Primitivism in Paris. It will include in-depth interviews with curators and academics, and will focus in particular on artists and creators whose ancestral artifacts and histories are currently being restored. Gisela McDaniel will seek to establish respectful links with Pasifika curators, researchers and practitioners who are involved in researching and overseeing the restitution or "reMatriation" of CHamoru artifacts held by European museums. In addition, she will establish links with diasporic CHamoru communities to meet individuals who wish to share their contemporary experience and rejection of Primitivism, and study its impact on indigenous Pacific Island peoples.

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Brilant Milazimi

Kosovo

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Brilant Milazimi Kosovo

Houseless dogs

Biography

‍Bornin Kosovo, Brilant Milazimi lives and works in Prishtina. His work explores the function of memory, both personal and collective, and its expression in drawings, paintings and sculptures that seem both strange and familiar. Her works implicitly and poetically evoke ideas around trauma, hope, endurance and freedom, demonstrating the artist's interest in the psychological underworld of Kosovo and the Balkans. Brilant Milazimi's work has been shown in numerous institutions, including Santa Lucia del Gonfalone (Italy, 2023), Manifesta Biennale (Kosovo, 2022), National Gallery of Kosovo (2021 and 2019), Ludwig Museum Budapest (Hungary, 2020), and Station Contemporary Art (Kosovo, 2019).

Residency project

‍Thecentral theme of this residency project revolves around the image of stray dogs migrating from Kosovo to France, embodied in the form of sculptural installations in public space. The unconventional materials used for these sculptures will symbolize a fusion of diverse cultures. The project will also include a series of paintings and drawings inspired by Paleolithic art in France, exploring the survival of ancient works in contemporary society. Brilant Milazimi seeks to better understand collective history and the role of art in expressing shared human experiences. By exploring the unification and origins of humankind, the project transcends temporal and spatial boundaries, sparking dialogue across cultural divides. This residency will bear witness to the timeless and universal nature of human relationships and expressions.

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Precious Okoyomon

United States / Nigeria

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Precious Okoyomon, United States / Nigeria

Sun Of Consciousness

Biography

‍Bornin 1993, Precious Okoyomon, lives and works in New York. Their work considers the natural world, histories of migration and racialization, and the pure pleasures of everyday life. In their practice, organic materials serve a dual purpose: they remind us of our violent histories, but also celebrate nature's ability to adapt and thrive in the face of man-made crises. While their work continually asks us to listen to the natural world, it also contains warnings of what could happen if we fail to act. Recent exhibitions include: Okayama Art Summit (Japan, 2022), Palais de Tokyo (France, 2021), Luma Arles (France, 2021), Serpentine Galleries (UK, 2019), Institute of Contemporary Art London (UK, 2019).

Residency project

‍Followingthe publication of their first collection of poems But Did You Die? in 2023, Precious Okoyomon plans to write their second book, a travelogue engaged with the legacy of French philosophers Simone Weil and Edouard Glissant. Weil and Glissant's work on the nature of being provided the conceptual backdrop for their artistic practice. While in Paris, Precious Okoyomon will continue her research, traveling back in time through the writings Glissant and Weil left behind, and in so doing, attempting to make sense of French history and its colonial projects.

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Grace Dorothée Tong

Cameroon

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Grâce Dorothée Tong, Cameroon

Minkañ Liaison des Lointains

Biography

‍Bornin Cameroon, Grâce Dorothée Tong lives and works in several regions of Cameroon. Following introspective explorations, her work focuses on various aspects and reflections around the links between people and movements through weaving and cross-breeding between different creative techniques. Grâce Dorothée Tong is interested in craft creation in Cameroon and elsewhere, producing works inspired by manual know-how that contribute to the development of a sustainable approach. Her work has been presented in numerous institutions, including the Fondation H (Madagascar, 2023), the Institut Français du Cameroun (2022), the Biennale Off de Dakar (Senegal, 2022), Bandjoun Station (Cameroon, 2021) and the Musée Nationale du Cameroun (2019).

Residency project

‍Inthe urgent need to revisit our ancestral technologies, linking distant lands becomes an obvious continuity. This residency project is a continuation of research accumulated during several trips devoted to the study of various creative and archival techniques. Begun in certain regions of Cameroon over 6 years ago, this research and collaboration elsewhere represent alternative narratives of places and exchanges that reiterate their links in the wake of cultural fractures. In turn, these months of research and creation in the heart of rural France will be an opportunity to study the technologies of traditional craftsmanship, meeting with its ecosystems to establish fertile dialogues that foster engagement. The aim of this project is to connect and give birth to productions resulting from the sharing of roots that intersect and weave through intermediaries and activations between knowledge.

The 2024 selection committee

The selection committee is made up of leading figures from the worlds of art and research.
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Magalí Arriola (Mexico)

Art critic and director of the Museo Tamayo of Contemporary Art

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Magali Arriola is director of the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. Between 2016 and 2019, she was chief curator for KADIST in Latin America, and curator of the Mexican Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale(Pablo Vargas Lugo, Acts of God, 2019). Between 2011 and 2014 she was chief curator of the Jumex Museum, and chief curator of the Tamayo Museum between 2009 and 2011. Arriola has contributed to numerous books and catalogs, as well as publications such as Art Forum, Curare, Frieze, Mousse, Manifesta Journal, and The Exhibitionist.

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Diana Campbell Betancourt (USA & Bangladesh)

Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit

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Diana Campbell Betancourt is an American curator who has been active in South and Southeast Asia since 2010, mainly in India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. She is committed to the globalization of the art world, and takes a long-term, multi-faceted approach that addresses the concerns of under-represented territories and artists, as well as those of more established artists, in numerous forums.

Since 2013, she has been artistic director and founder of the Samdani Art Foundation, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, whose critically acclaimed 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions she has directed. She has established the Dhaka Art Summit as one of the leading research and exhibition structures dedicated to art in South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators and writers from across South Asia through a primarily commission-based model. Alongside her activities in Bangladesh from 2016 to 2018, Diana Campbell Betancourt was also the artistic director and founder of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines, a non-profit international residency and exhibition program based in Manila and Bataan.


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Emanuele Coccia (France & Italy)

Philosopher and lecturer at EHESS

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Emanuele Coccia teaches at the EHESS in Paris. He is the author of La Vie sensible (2010), La Vie des Plantes (2018), Métamorphoses (2021) and Philosophie de la maison. L'espace domestique et le bonheur (2023). His animated videos include Quercus (2019, with Formafantasma), Heaven in Matter (2021, with Faye Formisano) and Portal of Mysteries (2022, with Dotdotdot). He participates in several exhibitions as an advisor. He is currently co-authoring a book on the relationship between fashion and philosophy with Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci. 

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Isabelle Gaudefroy (France)

Deputy Artistic Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

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Artistic director, curator and producer Isabelle Gaudrefroy is currently Deputy Artistic Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. She began her career at the Théâtre des Amandiers in 1995. From 1999 to 2010, she directed the Soirées Nomades at the Fondation Cartier. In 2011, she joined the Fondation's management team and curated landmark exhibitions such as Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture in 2018 and Nous les Arbres in 2019.

Photo credit: Valentin Le Cron

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Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Germany & Cameroon)

Director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin

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Since January 2023, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikun has headed the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin. Previously, he was artistic director of the 13th Rencontres de Bamako in 2022, curator of the Finnish pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, guest curator at the Dakar Biennale in 2018, and member of the curatorial team at Documenta 14, in Athens and Kassel in 2017. In 2009, he founded SAVVY Contemporary, an independent art center based in Berlin.

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Hans Ulrich Obrist (United Kingdom & Switzerland)

Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries

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Hans Ulrich Obrist, born 1968 in Zürich (Switzerland), is artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. He was previously curator of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first exhibition, "World Soup" (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has organized over 300 exhibitions, and has lectured internationally at art academies and institutions. He is editor-in-chief of Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers d'Art and 032C, and a regular contributor to Mousse and Kaleidoscope. He also writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2011, and the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to art in 2015. Recent publications include Ways of Curating (2015), The Age of Earthquakes (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015), Mondialité (2017), Somewhere Totally Else (2018) and The Athens Dialogues (2018).

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Residents 2023

Second session - from September 2023

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Isadora Neves Marques

Portugal

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Isadora Neves Marques, France

DNA at the Speed of Light

Biography

Born in Portugal, Isadora Neves Marques lives and works between Lisbon and New York. A filmmaker, artist and writer, her practice blends poetry and theory. In her practice, storytelling, science fiction and the political role of intimacy and emotion are keys to imagining alternative futures and analyzing traditional oppositions between ecology, technology, gender and sexuality. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Portuguese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (Italy, 2022), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France, 2022), Kunsthall Trondheim (Norway, 2021-2022), and the Hamburg Kunstverein (Germany, 2020).

Residency project

During her residency, Isadora Neves Marques will work on a feature-length film that she plans to shoot in Paris. Entitled DNA at the Speed of Light, the film traces a "slice of life", exploring the tormented relationship between two young women at a time of global upheaval: the first message from an extraterrestrial civilization. Subverting artistic genres and cultural codes to interrogate preconceived stories and expectations about science, ecology and gender, this new film will combine the genre of romantic drama with the science-fiction theme of first contact. In addition to writing the screenplay and pre-producing the film, Isadora Neves Marques will be working on a new poetry collection entitled I am My Own Sentiment of Weather.

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Jill Muleady

Switzerland / Uruguay

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Jill Mulleady, Switzerland/Uruguay

‍Fictionsand Frictions

Biography

Born in Uruguay, Jill Mulleady lives and works between Los Angeles and Paris. The artist uses painting, sculpture and installation to explore themes of memory, transformation and the power of history. Her work combines references to historical painting with images drawn from popular culture and her personal life, creating a strange sense of mixed temporalities. Jill Mulleady's practice oscillates between meticulous observation of everyday reality and the creation of elaborate imaginary worlds. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Consortium (France, 2021), the Hammer Museum & Huntington Garden (USA, 2020), the Whitney Museum (USA, 2020), the Venice Biennale, Arsenal & Giardini (Italy, 2019) and the Swiss Institute New York (USA, 2019).

Residency project

During her residency, Jill Mulleady will work on a screenplay conceived as a visual experience, a crucial step in the creation of her first film. She will take the time to delve into the geographical and social aspects of the plot, in order to capture as accurately as possible the living conditions depicted in the various scenes. A collaborative and experimental project, the film will be based on the production of images and short videos based on tests, trials, improvisations, investigations, conversations and exchanges. Jill Mulleady will continue her practice of painting, a constant source of material throughout the creative process.

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Binta Diaw

Italy / Senegal

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Binta Diaw, Italy / Senegal

Dem, Dikk

Biography

Born in Italy, Binta Diaw lives and works in Milan. Often in the form of installations of varying dimensions, Binta Diaw's plastic research is part of a philosophical reflection on the social phenomena that define our contemporary world, such as migration, the notion of belonging and the question of gender. Earth, chalk, rope, synthetic hair and rolled flags are just some of the materials that form the artist's plastic language. In her work, Binta Diaw places great emphasis on physical and sensory experience. Recent exhibitions include La Biennale de Liverpool (UK, 2023), 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (Germany, 2022), Centrale Fies (Italy, 2022), 13th Rencontre de Bamako (Mali, 2021-2022), Young Artists Biennale (San Marino, 2021).

Residency project

During her residency, Binta Diaw will continue her work on the major clandestine migratory movements from Africa to Europe. Her project, developed in the form of a video, will propose a sensitive reversal of the gaze: it will focus on the point of departure of migrations, rather than their point of arrival. Based on this research, Binta Diaw will create an installation combining this video with carpets, earth and plant fibers from Senegal. This project will be nurtured by meetings with people of "immigrant" origin, and exchanges about their relationship to identity, roots, origins and travel.

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D Harding

Australia

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Joesph Ruckli and Milani Gallery Brisbane

D Harding, Australia

Research into furthering Indigenous cultural practices connected with Central Queensland, Australia

Biography

Born in Australia, D Harding lives and works in Brisbane/Meanjin, Australia. Through a wide variety of media, the artist explores the visual and social languages specific to his communities. Her practice is thus part of a cultural continuum. A descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, D Harding harnesses ancestral spiritual and philosophical sensibilities and brings them to life through contemporary art. His work has recently been shown at the Lisson Gallery (UK, 2023), Bergen Kunsthall (Norway, 2022), Palais de Tokyo (France, 2022), Tate Modern (UK, 2021) and Monash University Museum of Art (Australia, 2021).

Residency project

Through his artistic practice and research, D Harding seeks to highlight and support the cultural practices of the Aboriginal people of Central Queensland, Australia. During her residency, D Harding aims to establish working and research collaborations, and to deepen her knowledge of Yves Klein studies, rock art and their cultural heritage. D Harding believes that sharing similar experiences and cultural expressions is beneficial to local and international art, and can be enriched through multidisciplinary research and diverse viewpoints.

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Emre Huner

Turkey

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Emre Hüner, Turkey‍

The Archive of Capillary Ruins: A Speculative Index

Biography

Born in Turkey, Emre Hüner lives and works between Istanbul and Amsterdam. He uses drawing, video, sculpture, installation and writing to fabricate narratives and create eclectic structures or assemblages. He explores themes of archaeology, failed utopias and technology, as well as notions of progress and future(s) through a reinvention of architecture, speculations on language and the materiality of organic and artificial forms. His work has recently been exhibited at Arter (Turkey, 2021,), Maxxi (Italy, 2016), the 14thIstanbul Biennale (Turkey, 2015), Manifesta 9 (Belgium, 2012) and the New Museum (USA, 2009).

Residency project

The Archive of Capillary Ruins: A Speculative Index is an accumulative, fragmentary and research-based process of writing diverse textual works. The project, as a device, will bring out interconnected parts of a narrative, various sculptural forms - 3D renderings of prototypes, ceramic pieces, molded replicas - as well as several semi-fictional sequences. Adopting an open method of experimental production, the project tends to define itself as an evolving process rather than a finished product. The work will evolve and unfold in the form of interwoven, capillary narratives, architectural worldbuildings and deliberately incomplete episodes. It will include speculations on archival material, the manipulation of encyclopedic information, and excursions to real places such as the Tropical Agronomy Garden, the CNES Space Observatory, ITER, and CIRAD's Abiophen experimental greenhouses.

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Colette Lumiere

USA

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Colette Lumiere, USA


Unto The New Unknown

Biography

Born in Tunisia, Colette Lumiere lives and works in New York. Since the 1970s, her vast and enduring body of work has constantly renewed and challenged the fields of street art, installation, performance, mixed media, staged photography and painting. Continually pushing the boundaries of societal expectations, Colette Lumiere has become known for her"living personas". Exhibitions include Company Gallery (New York, USA, 2021), Central Gallery (Bydgoszcz, Poland, 2019), MoMA PS1 (New York, USA, 2016), Rempire Gallery (New York, USA, 1992) and Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, Germany, 1981).

Residency project

Colette Lumière's work takes the form of installations that she creates in the places where she works. These places are a crucial source of inspiration in her creative process. Although Colette Lumiere cannot predict what specific form her residency project will take, she knows that over the course of her residency, her works will evolve organically and be influenced by the time spent creating in a new environment.

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Benoît Piéron

France

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Benoit Piéron, France

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Waiting Boiler Room

Biography

Born in France, Benoît Piéron lives and works in Paris. Benoît Piéron is interested in the sensuality of plants, the limits of the body and the temporality of waiting rooms. His practice revolves around patchworks, installations, existential gardening and wallpaper creations. Having always experienced illness as a life partner, the hospital environment is his ecosystem. He seeks to produce alternative expressions of illness, seeing it as potential. Far from the romantic heroism of the usual metaphors for illness, Benoît Piéron places himself in a joyful gray zone. His practice is inspired by the experience of waiting, and explores the ambiguous boundaries between health and illness, presence and absence, inside and outside, the body and the architectural, temporal and medical structures that shape it. He has recently exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial (UK, 2023), Palais de Tokyo (France, 2023), Bourse de Commerce - Collection Pinault (France, 2023) and Fondation Pernod Ricard (France, 2022).

Residency project

During his residency, Benoît Piéron will develop a project combining art and health. Following on from his research into sexuality in hospital, initiated at l'Antre Peaux during the "Bandage" exhibition, and with the support of the Carta Bianca Prize, Benoît Piéron will talk to people who are im-patient about their experience of pleasure in hospital. Nourished by feminist theories and practices through inverted pedagogy, his working methodology aims to create safe spaces for welcoming, exchanging and sharing the views of disabled people.

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Mikolaj Sobczak

Poland

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Mikolaj Sobczak, Poland

‍OneLetter. Many Rumours. Queer Lives of the Interwar Artistic Emigration in Paris.

Biography

Born in Poland, Mikołaj Sobczak lives and works in Amsterdam. Through painting and video, often as part of collaborative performances, he explores current and historical political issues. Highlighting the lives and viewpoints of marginal characters, Mikołaj Sobczak constructs narratives and attempts to determine the causes of social problems of our time. His work has recently been exhibited at Ludwig Forum Aachen (Germany, 2023), Kunsthalle Muenster (Germany, 2022-2023), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Germany, 2021), Mudam (Luxembourg, 2021), Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (Poland, 2020) and Museum Ludwig (Germany, 2019).

Residency project

During the inter-war years, two men decide to move to Paris together. Józef Czapski, a Polish painter in search of the latest artistic trends, soon to be crowned national hero and survivor of the USSR's mass murder of the Polish intelligentsia at Katyn, falls in love with a certain Sergey Nabokov. In a letter to his mother, the Russian poet, originally Orthodox, confesses that he became Catholic under the influence of this love. A conversion that echoes the 10,000 Ukrainian peasants forcibly converted to Catholicism by the Polish government, inspired by Western colonial policy. During his residency, Mikołaj Sobczak intends to explore the rumors and gossip associated with this romance, and use them as the starting point for a story and a series of paintings.

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Leyla Yenirce

Germany

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Leyla Yenirce, Germany

Holy Water

Biography

Born in Kurdistan, Leyla Yenirce lives and works in Hamburg. Using a variety of media, she is interested in the representation of resistance and the structures of cultural, media and military domination. She highlights the fine line between glorified ideology and resistant emancipation, linking themes often considered opposites: feminism and war, pop culture and genocide, sincere desire and detached irony. Her work has recently been exhibited at Kunsthaus Hamburg (Germany, 2022), Goethe-Institut (France, 2022), Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (Germany, 2023), Halle für Kunst Lueneburg (Germany, 2022) and Haus der Kunst (Germany, 2023).

Residency project

During her residency, Leyla Yenirce will explore water as a natural element in her research on the Ilisu dam, the result of geopolitical strategies for the control of resources on the Kurdish border between Turkey and Syria and the division of the Euphrates-Tigris basin. She will study the political and cultural repercussions of this, notably by examining the traces and imprints left by the Seine in Paris. Leyla Yenirce's research will take a variety of forms through the use of different media, such as painting, sound and video.

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Find out more about Leyla Yenirce's musical project Rosaceae, with which she will perform at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie in March 2024.

First session - from spring 2023

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Bora Baboçi

Albania

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Bora Baboçi, Albania

Five Disappeared Kilometers

Biography:

Bora Baboçi was born in 1988 in Tirana (Albania), where she lives and works. With a background in architecture and spatial research, she is developing an artistic practice at the crossroads of drawing, installation and performance. She uses real or fictitious settings, whose scale can be domestic or environmental, to unravel our perceptions of physical space and the way it alters our emotions, behaviors and existential experience. Her work has been presented in numerous institutions and exhibitions, including Manifesta Biennale (Kosovo, 2022), Mediterranea Biennale (San Marino, 2021), The National Gallery of Albania (2021), Eva International Biennale (Ireland, 2020) and Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistik (Germany, 2017).

Residency project:

Bora Bobaçi's project focuses on the five kilometers of the Bièvre that have disappeared, buried beneath Paris since the early 1900s. The literature of the time describes the river according to the aesthetic of a cloistered, enclosed and disembodied artificiality that has been compared by scholars to today's virtual reality and hypermediated spaces of artifice. Today, many of the world's rivers have been brought back to the surface. At the residency, in an almost domestically staged setting, the vanished five-kilometer Bièvre will become a space for contemplation, critique and artistic expression. Using archives, a spatial composition and drawings, Bora Bobaçi aims to explore shifts in discourse and the way we reanimate these natural entities as they inspire a new understanding of ecology and nature.

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Alex Baczyński-Jenkins

Poland and United Kingdom

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Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Poland and United Kingdom

Absurd Passage

Biography:

Alex Baczyński-Jenkins was born in London in 1987. He lives and works in Berlin. Alex Baczyński-Jenkins is an artist and choreographer interested in the affects, embodiment and relationships of queer people. Through gesture, collectivity, touch and sensuality, his practice explores the structures and politics of desire. Her work has been presented at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Spain, 2022), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Finland, 2022), Meetings on Art at the 58th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2019), Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland, 2019) and Chisenhale Gallery (UK, 2017).

Residency project:

Alex Baczyński-Jenkins will continue his research into the entangled and repetitive relationships of desire and loss, while focusing on disorientation, thresholds of recognition, the strange and the absurd. He will use this time to reflect on his methodologies and on choreography as a means of producing emergent experiences and shifting perceptions of time. During the residency, he will devise performance scores and writings, conduct movement research and organize rehearsals with performers, contributing to the development of new works.

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Iman Issa

Egypt

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Iman Issa, Egypt

I, the Protagonist

Biography:

Iman Issa is an artist born in 1979, who lives and works in Berlin. Her practice explores how systems that govern the rules of perception and foster the creation of meaning. Her work has been shown at the KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin 2021), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, 2017) MoMA (New York, 2017) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, 2016) and MACBA (Barcelona, 2015). She has also participated in the Whitney Biennial (New York, 2019), the 12th Sharjah Biennale (2011), the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), and the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2018), among others. She is also the recipient of the Prize for Creative Promise (2017), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2015), the HNF-MACBA Award (2012), and the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2013). Since 2020, Iman Issa has been a professor atAcadémie des Beaux-Arts in Vienna.

Residency project:

The I, the Protagonist project explores how a definable notion of self and other intersects with the history of portraiture and its interpretation as a form historically associated with the representation of a figure's visual and conceptual coherence. These notions will be explored in relation to the shifting individuality on which portraiture is based, and by examining representations of existing and invented figures in the collections of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.

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Lina Laraki

Morocco

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Lina Laraki, Morocco

Insolent Visions

Biography:

Lina Laraki was born in 1991 in Casablanca (Morocco). She lives and works in France.  

Lina Laraki is a filmmaker and visual artist who graduated from Central Saint Martins (2014) and Le Fresnoy (2022). Her practice explores themes that revolve around the ambivalence of nature and human experience. In particular, she seeks to broaden the experience of cinema by exploring different sensory representations.  

His films have been shown internationally, including Karama at 1:54 Art Fair (UK, 2017), The Last Observer at Sheffield DocFest (UK, 2021) and Halves Through Night at Fantasia IFF (Canada, 2022). His latest film, Shinigami, received the Renato & Christine Casciani Award at Around Video Art Fair (France, 2022).

Residency project:

Pursuing a form of speculative research into the different mental states linked to anatomical medicine in the face of institutional violence, Lina Laraki wishes to examine the way madness was identified and treated in the 19th century at La Salpêtrière hospital, in relation to our contemporary approach to identifying marginal behavior and mental disorders. This project proposes to divert the system of classification and definition of madness through the staging of complex characters, role-playing and inverted situations where the narrative becomes stratified. This new work will be an extension of his practice based on rhizome thinking around human deviances (social, behavioral or mental) and their marginalization within our society.

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Flaka Haliti

Kosovo

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Flaka Haliti, Kosovo

WHOSE BONES?

Biography:

Flaka Haliti was born in 1982 in Pristina (Kosovo). She lives in Munich and Pristina. Her artistic practice explores various media, in particular in situ spatial installations. Appropriation and Abrogation are central issues in her work, where a new aesthetic as a hybrid state is developed in order to question humanist perspectives and their authority on representation and abstraction. Flaka Haliti represented Kosovo at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and her work has been shown in numerous institutions, including mumok - Museum Moderne Kunst (Austria, 2014), Museum Ludwig (Germany, 2019), Hamburger Bahnhof (Germany, 2019), Museum Lenbachhaus (Germany, 2021), at the 6th Moscow Biennale (Russia, 2015), Busan Biennale (South Korea, 2018), Baltic Triennial (Lithuania, 2021), and Manifesta 14 (Kosovo, 2022).

Residency project:

The animal representations in the Whose Bones? sculpture series include life-size skeletons composed of the bones of two different animals - an imaginary hybrid or political metaphor. This alludes to a form of in-betweenness as a new form of power, deemed crucial in our time when the qualities that once distinguished what seemed opposed can no longer apply absolutely in the age of the politics of representation. Flaka Haliti will continue this research in collaboration with the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris, exploring the sculptural aspects of specimens of cohabitation, survival, hunting, taxonomy and aesthetics in collections of classical and contemporary art.

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Gabriel Massan

Brazil

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Gabriel Massan, Brazil

Ball Of Terror: The Failure Of Continuity

Biography:

Gabriel Massan is a multidisciplinary digital artist, born in 1996 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and based in Berlin. Through 3D animation, digital sculpture, video games, NFT and virtual and augmented reality, the artist explores the notions of strangeness and ignorance associated with the "Third World" imaginary. Gabriel Massan creates worlds that simulate inequality within the black-indigenous experience in Latin America, combining the techniques of storytelling and worldbuilding. He participated in Circa 'Class of 2021' (UK), was a guest artist at the Bangkok Biennale Online Pavilion (2022), and selected as a digital Commission artist at The Photographers' Gallery Open Space X Museum's X Virtual (2022). He is currently a digital Commission artist for the Serpentine Galleries' Arts Technologies 2022-23 program (UK).

Residency project:

Ball Of Terror is a series of multi-disciplinary works that invite the public, through interactive storytelling, to reflect on cases of police brutality and institutional racism using simulation, worldbuilding and gaming experiences. On this basis, the project will study and examine similarities in police approaches and behavior in Paris and São Paulo. Based on the case of Michael Zecler, who was mugged in 2020, Gabriel Massan will imagine an interactive game experience describing the spaces of refuge and defense created by people who identify themselves as targets. During the residency, he will develop a third act for this project.

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Ad Minoliti

Argentina

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Ad Minoliti, Argentina

I ▲ R0C0C.0

Biography:

Ad Minoliti was born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lives and works. Ad Minoliti's work draws on the heritage of geometric abstraction in his native Argentina, where geometry was used as a tool to imagine utopian political and social alternatives. He combines personal abstraction with playful figuration, freely inspired by the codes of children's iconography. Ad Minoliti's work has been shown in numerous institutions including the Tate, St Ives (UK, 2022), CCC OD Tours (France, 2022) and Baltic Center for Contemporary Art (UK, 2021), Museo de arte moderna de Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2018), and soon at Kunstpalais, Erlangen (Germany, 2023).

Residency project:

Ad Minoliti seeks to explore the role of Latin American modern art as a force capable of renewing the production and reception of contemporary art. Once the capital of the European intellectual and artistic avant-garde, dominated by men and their sexual fantasies, Paris is, for Ad Minoliti, an ideal terrain for developing an experimental analysis of queer feminist art and its Latin American identity on an international scale. Combining Rococo-style design and imagery with the aesthetics of Argentina's modernist Arte Madí movement, Ad Minoliti will develop a new series of pieces in a variety of media and materials, including miniature dioramas, paintings, drawings, photos, objects, Gif animations and Photoshop collages...

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Kirill Savchenkov

Russia

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Kirill Savchenkov, Russia

The Solar Snow

Biography

Kirill Savchenkov was born in Moscow in 1987. He currently lives in France. Exploring various media (sculpture, installation, performance and sound), his artistic practice questions the functioning of systems of control, identity regulation and autocracy in Social Tech circles. Selected to represent Russia in the national pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, he withdrew from the project in protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine. His work has been presented in numerous institutions, including the Transart Festival (Italy, 2022), the 14th Baltic Triennial (Lithuania, 2021) the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia, 2021, V-A-C Zattere, Italy, 2019, and the 12th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, 2018.

Residency project

The Solar Snow project offers an analysis of manipulative dictatorship and oppression based on the manipulation of information and the production of uncertainty in multiple forms. Following the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian total war, in which colonialism, rancor and informational autocracy resurfaced and intertwined, the mechanics of control found themselves associated with the recursivity and violence of a necro-political state. Kirill Savchenkov will explore notions of control and the failure of political resistance in this political context. The residency project will take the form of a trans-media work based on the archaeology of social and sonic media, personal observations and collaboration with social science academics.

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Karan Shrestha

India

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Karan Shrestha, India

a flow disrupted

Biography

Karan Shrestha was born in Kathmandu in 1985. He lives and works in Kathmandu (Nepal) and Mumbai (India). His practice, including drawing, sculpture, photography, writing and video, explores the complex and entangled relationships of Nepal's recent history. Her projects propose a synthesis of field archives, political histories, transitory memories and a speculative world that suspends reality, while examining the dangerous rhetoric of progress, constantly presented as the only possible way forward. Karan Shrestha's work has been presented in numerous institutions, including the Jameel Arts Centre (United Arab Emirates, 2022), the Kathmandu Triennale 2017 and 2022 (Nepal), Museo Madre (Italy, 2021), the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial, QAGOMA (Australia 2022), and the Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh, 2020).

Residency project

The project a flow disrupted examines in words and images the state of water in Nepal in the 21st century. The work has its origins in the vocabulary used in a 17th-century Newari-language manuscript depicting scenes in which age-old teachings about South Asia's climate are given. Various texts - poems, articles, extracts, testimonials - as well as paintings evoke, among other things, sand extraction, the shrinking of marshlands, the displacement of marginalized groups, caste hierarchies, and changing climatic conditions and agricultural practices. As part of the project, Karan Shrestha will develop an animated film that will present in greater depth the visions and ideas that describe the interconnections and interrelationships between different forms of life, highlighting indigenous knowledge systems that emphasize symbiotic and dynamic associations.

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Diamond Stingily

United States

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Diamond Stingily, United States

Work

Biography

Diamond Stingily was born in Chicago in 1990. She lives and works in New York. Her work explores themes of class, race and gender, and is imbued with personal references to her family and her own childhood. Her work has been shown in numerous institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA, 2022), Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein, 2022), Kunstverein Munich, Germany, 2019), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (USA, 2019 and the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (USA, 2018).

Residency project

During her residency, Diamond Stingily will work around the manuscript of a novel inspired by Antonin Artaud's muse, the author and actress Colette Thomas, who wrote Le testament de la fille morte (1954) under the pseudonym René. Diamond Stingily will also explore the work of American authors who lived and died in France, such as James Baldwin and Richard Wright, and produce new sculptures and videos inspired by his research and poems.

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Pakui Hardware

Lithuania

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Pakui Hardware, Lithuania

Technologies of Vulnerability

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Pakui Hardware was founded in 2014 by Lithuanian artists Ugnius Gelguda and Neringa Černiauskaitė. The duo live and work between Vilnius and Berlin. In their installations and research, Pakui Hardware explores the relationship between materiality, technology and the economy, and questions how technology influences today's economy and physical reality itself, including the human body. The duo's work has been presented in numerous institutions, including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK (2021), Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (Germany, 2019), 16th Istanbul Biennale (Turkey, 2019), MAXXI Museum (Itali, 2018), and Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland, 2017). Pakui Hardware will represent Lithuania at the 60th Venice Biennale (2024) alongside modernist painter Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė.

Residency project

Technologies of Vulnerability seeks to explore how we can incorporate vulnerability into the internal structures of current and future technologies under development. With the aim of preventing asymmetrical power relations in future technologies, could vulnerability be a tool for building more interdependent links with technological beings? The project will take the form of research into this question, based on readings, meetings and discussions with philosophers, anthropologists, sociologists and developers of new technologies. This research will be extended by new reflections, texts and material experimentation through sculptures and installations.

The 2023 Selection Committee

The selection committee is made up of leading figures from the worlds of art and research.
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Magalí Arriola (Mexico)

Art critic and director of the Museo Tamayo of Contemporary Art

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Magali Arriola is director of the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. Between 2016 and 2019, she was chief curator for KADIST in Latin America, and curator of the Mexican Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale(Pablo Vargas Lugo, Acts of God, 2019). Between 2011 and 2014 she was chief curator of the Jumex Museum, and chief curator of the Tamayo Museum between 2009 and 2011. Arriola has contributed to numerous books and catalogs, as well as publications such as Art Forum, Curare, Frieze, Mousse, Manifesta Journal, and The Exhibitionist.

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Diana Campbell Betancourt (USA & Bangladesh)

Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit

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Diana Campbell Betancourt is an American curator who has been active in South and Southeast Asia since 2010, mainly in India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. She is committed to the globalization of the art world, and takes a long-term, multi-faceted approach that addresses the concerns of under-represented territories and artists, as well as those of more established artists, in numerous forums.

Since 2013, she has been artistic director and founder of the Samdani Art Foundation, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, whose critically acclaimed 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions she has directed. She has established the Dhaka Art Summit as one of the leading research and exhibition structures dedicated to art in South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators and writers from across South Asia through a primarily commission-based model. Alongside her activities in Bangladesh from 2016 to 2018, Diana Campbell Betancourt was also the artistic director and founder of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines, a non-profit international residency and exhibition program based in Manila and Bataan.


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Emanuele Coccia (Italy)

Philosopher and lecturer at EHESS

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Emanuele Coccia teaches at the EHESS in Paris. He is the author of La Vie sensible (2010), La Vie des Plantes (2018), Métamorphoses (2021) and Philosophie de la maison. L'espace domestique et le bonheur (2023). His animated videos include Quercus (2019, with Formafantasma), Heaven in Matter (2021, with Faye Formisano) and Portal of Mysteries (2022, with Dotdotdot). He participates in several exhibitions as an advisor. He is currently co-authoring a book on the relationship between fashion and philosophy with Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci. 

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Isabelle Gaudefroy (France)

Deputy Artistic Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

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Artistic director, curator and producer Isabelle Gaudrefroy is currently Deputy Artistic Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. She began her career at the Théâtre des Amandiers in 1995. From 1999 to 2010, she directed the Soirées Nomades at the Fondation Cartier. In 2011, she joined the Fondation's management team and curated landmark exhibitions such as Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture in 2018 and Nous les Arbres in 2019.

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Simon Njami (Cameroon & Switzerland)

Writer, curator, essayist and art critic

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Simon Njami is an independent curator, lecturer, art critic and novelist based in Paris. He co-founded Revue Noire - of which he is editor-in-chief - a magazine devoted to contemporary and non-Western African art. He was artistic director of the first Johannesburg Art Fair (2008), the Bamako Photography Biennale (for ten years) and the Dakar Biennale, Dak'Art (2016-2018). He co-curated the first African Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). He has also curated, among others, the exhibitions Afriques Capitales (Paris and Lille, 2017), African Metropolis (MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2018), The Studio (Kampala Biennale, 2019), Le temps de l'Afrique (Las Palmas, 2020), La Matière vivante (San Giminiano, 2021). 

Njami has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and photography, including Africa Remix (2004-2007) and the first African contemporary art fair (Johannesburg, 2008). In 1998, he conceived the Pan-African Master Classes in Photography project with the Goethe Institute. He ran these for 12 years and built up the contemporary art collection at the Mémorial ACTe (Guadeloupe). He has published and edited numerous works, most recently Histoire histoires, l'histoire de la Revue noire (2020).

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Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland & United Kingdom)

Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries

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Hans Ulrich Obrist, born 1968 in Zürich (Switzerland), is artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. He was previously curator of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first exhibition, "World Soup" (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has organized over 300 exhibitions, and has lectured internationally at art academies and institutions. He is editor-in-chief of Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers d'Art and 032C, and a regular contributor to Mousse and Kaleidoscope. He also writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2011, and the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to art in 2015. Recent publications include Ways of Curating (2015), The Age of Earthquakes (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015), Mondialité (2017), Somewhere Totally Else (2018) and The Athens Dialogues (2018).

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Residents 2022

First session - from spring 2022

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Brook Andrew

Australia

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Brook Andrew, Australia

Project : Guulany

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Brook Andrew was born in 1970 in Sydney. He lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, on the land of the Kulin Nations. Artist, curator and researcher, he is interested in the collision of intertwined narratives that often emerge from the chaos of the "colonial Wuba (hole)" from a dual perspective as Wiradjuri and Celt: his matrilineal parentage originates in the Midi Kalar (land of three rivers), Australia. His artwork, research, leadership work and curatorial projects question the limitations imposed by historical power structures, amnesia and complicity to focus on and support indigenous ways of being through systemic change and yindyamarra (respect, honor, taking time, responsibility). He draws inspiration from everyday objects, archives and travels to work with artists, local communities and various private and public museums and galleries.


The project


During his residency, Brook Andrew will produce work inspired by the collections of the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac and the tree trunk carvings (dendroglyphs) long made by Australia's Wiradjuri aborigines on guulany (trees). He will also be working on the issue of repatriation and restitution of cultural objects held by museums, and on an experimental text for a play entitled GABAN (meaning "strange" in Wiradjuri).

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Evan Ifekoya

Nigeria

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Evan Ifekoya, Nigeria
Project: A Ripple Reflected, Devotion Divined


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Evan Ifekoya was born in Iperu, Nigeria, in 1988 and lives and works in London. His work around sound, text, video and performance is part of a vocation as a spiritual practitioner. He sees art as a place where resources can be both redistributed and renegotiated, while questioning the implicit rules and hierarchies of public and social space.  


The project


Evan Ifekoya is conducting research for an artist's book that explores contemporary mysticism and the transformative potential of sound, from the cellular to the cosmic. The book is part of a larger research project that also includes lectures, performances and workshops in which the artist explores the sacred and soothing potential of sound from the perspective of elevating black consciousness.
Evan Ifekoya will create a space to be with and do with others in a multidimensional way, harnessing the elements of water and fire in his studio to create ritual instruments.

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Agnieszka Kurant

Poland

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Agnieszka Kurant, Poland
Project: Singular Plural


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Agnieszka Kurant was born in 1978 in Lodz, Poland. She lives and works in New York. Agnieszka Kurant is a conceptual artist who explores collective intelligence, the future of work and creativity, and exploitation in surveillance capitalism. She is currently an Artist Fellow at the Berggruen Institute's Transformations of the Human program and was artist-in-residence at MIT CAST from 2017 to 2019.  


The
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Agnieszka Kurant will produce a short film on the cultural evolution of our societies, the various forms of subjectivity and the future of work and creativity. The film will question the role of crowds as goods in the economy of late capitalism, the self as a polyphony of agency, and human and non-human intelligences, from microbes and viruses to animals, social movements and artificial intelligence.
Her research focuses on human transformations and the self-organization of communities to rebuild the commons. Through this project, Agnieszka Kurant is also interested in the future of cinema and cultural production in general, based on complex, collective forms.

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Adam Linder

Australia

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Adam Linder, Australia
Project: Nureyev in Paris


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Adam Linder was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1983. He lives and works between Los Angeles and Berlin. Adam Linder is a dancer and choreographer. His work is often presented in theater and exhibitions, where his role as choreographer brings text, costume, sound and film into equal dialogue.


The project
Adam Linder's residency in Paris will focus on the period during which Rudolf Nureyev was Director of the Paris Opera Ballet. Adam Linder will research historical archives and conduct interviews with former Opera officials. With this fieldwork, he will seek to capture the spirit that characterized the 1980s period in dance, as younger choreographers sought playful, (post-)modern forms. He looks back on a luminous era, against the backdrop of Nureyev's illness with AIDS.
On the basis of this research, Adam Linder will work on a new ballet that reflects our present times while drawing inspiration from the formal ruptures of the past.

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Salman Nawati

Palestine

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Salman Nawati, Palestine
Project: Imaginary Museum of Gaza


The artist


Salman Nawati was born in 1987 in Palestine. He lives and works in the Gaza Strip. Salman Nawati is also coordinator of the art program at the Qattan Foundation/Gaza center. He is also a professor at the Fine Arts and Al-Aqsa University, and artistic director of several art festivals in Gaza. His artistic practice includes drawing, sculpture, installation, design, photography, film-making, theater, music and art therapy. Within his artistic project, Salman Nawati seeks to express himself as a human being.  


The project


While there is no institution responsible for antiquities and artistic heritage in the Gaza Strip, Salman Nawati will collaborate with artist Mohamed Abusall and architect Sondos El Nakhala to create an imaginary museum dedicated to the historical and artistic heritage of the Gaza Strip accessible to all. This museum will not be a physical structure, but a digital incubator bringing together ancient objects, cultural relics and works of art, some entirely in the form of digital replicas. This project is being developed jointly with Mohamed Bourouissa, who will also produce a video showing all the stages of creation.

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Christelle Oyiri

France

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Christelle Oyiri, France
Project: Gentle Battle


The artist


Christelle Oyiri was born in 1992 in the Paris region, where she currently lives and works. She is a French producer, DJ (under the pseudonym Crystallmess), writer and artist of Ivorian and Guadeloupean origin. Her work addresses themes of colonial alienation and alternative temporalities. Her radically interdisciplinary practice combines film, music, performance and sculpture. Confronted with the deliberate erasure of narratives from positions outside the dominant canon, Christelle Oyiri seeks out the information that lies between the lines. The tonalities, textures and visual vernacular of music, popular and youth cultures and the visual arts employed in and outside the African diaspora become her field of study.


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With her Gentle Battle project, Christelle Oyiri considers her research into belligerence, defense mechanisms and trauma responses through her relationship with one of her countries of origin: Côte d'Ivoire.
It's through the logobi dance, a street dance from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, whose movements stem from the art of bluffing and mimicry. Logobi hasn't really existed as an actual dance on the dancefloor, and has mostly found its relevance and strength through battles, competitions and confrontations. In the late 2000s, it became a phenomenon among black French youth in the working-class suburbs of Paris. Christelle Oyiri's project is a tribute to the momentum of this dance in Parisian urban culture. Her project will take the form of a video featuring dancers, including interviews with members of the Parisian African communities, therapists and psychiatrists.

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Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales

Peru

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Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales, Peru
Project: Vital infrastructures: rethinking the modern through subaltern technologies


The artist

Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales was born in 1987 in Lima, Peru, where she lives and works. Using a variety of media, she explores the definition of modernity as opposed to the repressed histories of Latin America. Her work explores the regimes of power naturalized by artistic modernity in a post-colonial context that continue to organize the world in binary and hierarchical ways.

The project


Against the backdrop of a global health crisis that continues to exacerbate social and environmental inequalities, Fátima Rodrigo will devote her residency to indigenous technological advances in construction. Her project will seek to deconstruct the idea that indigenous practices are primitive and alien to the development of new technologies, by creating a three-dimensional piece and a video platform game. Vital infrastructures questions the universal notion of technologies and the environmental consequences of excluding indigenous practices from development processes.

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Emilija Škarnulytė

Lithuania

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Emilija Škarnulytė, Lithuania

Project: Fluvial Extents


The artist


Emilija Škarnulytė was born in 1987 in Vilnius, Lithuania. A visual artist and filmmaker working between the documentary and the imaginary, Emilija Škarnulytė creates immersive films and installations that explore deep time and invisible structures, from the cosmic and geological to the ecological and political. She founded and co-directs Polar Film Lab, a collective dedicated to analog film practice based in Tromsø, Norway, and is a member of the artist duo New Mineral Collective, recently commissioned for the First Toronto Biennale.


The project


Emilija Škarnulytė wants to track the flow of water, the world beneath the waves, by exploring riparian and lacustrine benthic zones in search of the last effects of human intervention. Using photogrammetry and underwater LIDAR detection, Fluvial Extents will show what has already been lost beneath the water flows of the Rhone River, the scars and stains left by human beings, and imagine what will appear and disappear in the ebb and flow of millennia. Tracing the flow of rivers and lakes in Europe, Emilija Škarnulytė wants to explore their hydrology and mythology, and imagine through the depths of time what has already passed and what may come to pass.

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Charwei Tsai

Taiwan

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Charwei Tsai, Taiwan
Project: Touching the Earth


The artist


Charwei Tsai was born in Taiwan in 1980. She lives and works in Taipei.

Charwei Tsai uses various media such as video and calligraphy in a practice
that is both performative and politically engaged. Her interest in spirituality manifests itself in calligraphy on a variety of media, often living, such as trees, tofu, mushrooms, lotus leaves... Her multi-media practice is inspired by concerns that are both highly personal and universal. Geographical, social and spiritual motifs inform her work, which encourages viewer participation beyond the limits of lazy contemplation. Concerned with the human/nature relationship, Charwei Tsai meditates on the complexities of cultural beliefs, spirituality and the ephemeral. Since 2005, she has published an independent curatorial journal, Lovely Daze, which is referenced in the libraries of Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, MoMA and Barcelona's Museum of Contemporary Art.


The project


For her residency, Charwei Tsai will develop her Touching the Earth project by producing a sound performance with musician Stephen O'Malley who will recreate a ritual using sounds and vibrations from nature. This performance will be accompanied by the publication of a new issue of her magazine Lovely Daze on the themes of art, ecology, technology and science. Her project will explore fundamental questions at the crossroads of science, technology and spirituality, such as: How do science and technology help us slow down? How do science and technology help us touch down? How do science and technology help us deconstruct our propensity to identify ourselves as permanent, independent entities?

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Martha Wilson

USA

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Martha Wilson, United States
Project: Generations of Feminism in France


The artist

Martha Wilson was born in Philadelphia, USA, in 1947. She lives and works in New York. A feminist and pioneer both as an artist and as the director of an art space, she has been creating innovative photographic and video work exploring female subjectivity for forty years. New York Times art critic Holland Cotter described her as one of "the half-dozen people who made the biggest impact on Manhattan art in the '70s". In 1976, she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that researches, promotes and preserves artists' books, temporary installations, performances and online works. Martha Wilson is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York.


The project


During her residency, Martha Wilson will continue her practice and creation of works related to a feminist, social and political context. As part of her project, she will record the oral histories of French feminist figures of all generations. This project is a continuation of work begun in 1981 on various feminist communities, in collaboration with Suzanne Lacy and Susan Hiller. The aim of this experimental project is to examine six generations of feminists in France, comparing their work and their feminist, social and political positions.

DUO program

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Raphaël Grisey and Bouba Touré

France and Mali

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Raphaël Grisey & Bouba Touré, France and Mali
Project: Digitization of Bouba Touré's photographic archives

The artists

Raphaël Grisey was born in France in 1979. He lives and works between Berlin and Trondheim in Norway. Bouba Touré was born in Mali in 1948 and died in France in January 2022. Raphaël Grisey's video, editorial and photographic works bring together or produce narratives on the politics of remembrance, migration and architecture. Bouba Touré was a photographic researcher. He studied at the University of Vincennes and worked as a projectionist at the 14 Juillet and L'Entrepôt cinemas in Paris. A photographer since the 1970s, he documented the lives and struggles of migrant workers and peasants in France and Mali. Touré was one of the co-founders of the Somandiki Coura cooperative in 1977. In 2015, he published the book Notre case est à Saint Denis. Since the 1980s, Touré has exhibited his work and led meetings in various associations, homes and, more recently, art institutions. Since 2006, Touré and Grisey have been working together on collaborative projects currently entitled Sowing Somankidi Coura, a Generative Archive. This collaboration has given rise to workshops, films and theatrical productions, notably with the Kaddu Yaraax company in 2017 and 2019, as well as publications and writings, including Sowing Somankidi Coura, a Generative Archive (2017, Archives Book).

The project


This residency project builds on the long-standing collaboration of artist-researcher duo Raphaël Grisey and Bouba Touré, and involves digitizing and activating Bouba Touré's photographic archive. Raphaël Grisey will index these archives, which will then be supplemented by partners invited to interpret and refine this indexing, and to propose research angles and new contributions. The final production will consist of a sound work based on interviews, in unexpected formats, to accompany Bouba Touré's photographs.

Second session - from September 2022

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Nikhil Chopra

India

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Project: Recomposing the Panorama

Biography:  

Nikhil Chopra was born in Calcutta, India, in 1974. He is based in Goa, India, where he co-directs HH Art Spaces. His artistic practice interweaves performance, drawing, photography, sculpture and installations. His largely improvised performances explore identity and its construction, autobiography and authorship, posing and self-portraiture. His work is a reflection on the process of transformation and the role played by the duration of performance. Nikhil's work has been presented at the 53 Venice Biennale (Italy, 2009), Performa (USA, 2009), Sharjah Biennale (United Arab Emirates, 2015), documenta 14 (Germany, 2017), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA, 2019). Nikhil Chopra is represented by Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana, Rome, Sao Paulo, Paris).  

Residency project :  

Recomposing the Panorama is a six-month immersive artistic adventure in the heart of Paris, just a stone's throw from the Sacré Coeur, which will take place in two phases.

Part 1: To gather (September-January)  

Strolls, extended observations, conversations, performances, drawings, cooking and tasting sessions, dialogues and encounters will become a way of discovering, collecting, keeping track of and remembering. TheArt Explora studio will become a home, a workshop, a kitchen, a living room, a dining table, a library, a gallery, a theater and a place of silence. It will serve as a receptacle for experiences and memories.

Part 2: Together (February)  

The maturation and preservation of ideas and bodies will take the form of an event, a gathering, a happening, a festival, an exhibition, a celebration and a performance. Nikhil Chopra will attempt to weave a new narrative around past time with the city and its inhabitants in the form of a reimagined panorama.  

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Ayesha Hameed

United Kingdom

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Project: Radio Brown Atlantis

Biography

Ayesha Hameed (London, UK) explores the legacy of servitude and slavery through figures from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Her Afro-futuristic approach combines performance, sound texts, videos and lectures. Hameed examines the mnemonic power of these mediums, their ability to transform the body into a body that remembers. The motifs of water, borders and displacement, recurrent in his work, offer a reflection on the histories and materialities of migration and, more generally, on the relationship between human beings and what they imagine to be nature.  

Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Kunstinstituut Melly, Netherlands (2022), and Bonniers Konsthall, Sweden (2022), and group shows at Zeitz MOCCA, South Africa (2022), Liverpool Biennale, UK (2021), Momenta Biennale, Canada (2021), and Gothenburg Biennale, Sweden (2019, 2021). Hameed is co-editor of Futures and Fictions (Repeater 2017) and co-author of Visual Cultures as Time Travel (Sternberg/MIT 2021). She is currently Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University, London, and Research Associate at the Kone Foundation.

Residency project

During her residency, Ayesha Hameed will develop a new episode of her radio program Brown Atlantis (broadcast on Movement Radio in Athens and Radio Alhara in Bethlehem) where she will examine the French presence in the Indian Ocean world and the traces of this world in France. She will follow what might be called the afterlives of servitude and slavery that manifest themselves in the colonial metropolis, both in its history and in its present. She will also develop an experimental book based on Radio Brown Atlantis, commissioned by Bonniers Konstall in collaboration with guests from previous episodes. The book will explore questions such as: how do winds, currents, flora, fauna, weather and stars leave their mark? How does his language reflect the intonations, creoles and miscommunications of communication at sea? And how could we conceive of a Brown Atlantis (an "Atlantis Brune") at the bottom of the Indian Ocean without the blinkers of human navigation and measuring instruments?

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Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury

Bangladesh

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Project: Poetry of Universal Materials

Biography:  

Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury was born in 1981 in Noakhali, Bangladesh. He is based between Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the United States. His practice is multi-disciplinary and plays on different languages such as installation, assemblage, movement, video, collage, sculpture, found film extracts and experimental cinema to create multiform artistic universes. His work has been presented by numerous institutions including the Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh, 2018 and 2020), Serendipity Arts Festival (India, 2019 and 2020), Rote Fabrik (Switzerland, 2021), and Taoyuan Arts Center (Taiwan, 2021). In 2018, he was the winner of the Samdani Art Award at the Dhaka Art Summit.  

Residency project :  

Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury's practice revolves around recycled, used and everyday materials to explore energy, sustainability and the environment. While France adopts legislation to reduce waste and reuse energy in order to move from a linear to a circular economy, it persists in throwing away huge quantities of superfluous products due to the phenomenon of overproduction. By examining these contradictory policies and perspectives, her project will explore how artistic creation can be an intervention that promotes sustainability in order to protect the environment. Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury's research will also examine certain recycling procedures, such as systems that combine incineration and energy recovery. The project will be developed through collaborations with various waste management groups, communities and industries.

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Alia Farid

Kuwait and Puerto Rico

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Project: Migrations of Form

Biography:  

Alia Farid was born in Kuwait in 1985. She lives and works between Puerto Rico and Kuwait. Through a practice that mainly combines film and sculpture, her work makes visible narratives that are often deliberately concealed. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (2019) and the Whitney Biennial (2022), and in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland, 2022), the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint-Louis (USA, 2022) and Kunstinstituut Melly (Netherlands, 2022). In 2023, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Canada) and the Chisenhale Gallery (UK) will present solo exhibitions of the artist's work. Alia Farid is represented by Galerie Imane Farès (Paris).  

Residency project :  

During her residency, Alia Farid will continue her work Migrations of Form. This research project is a study of a series of migrations that examines transplanted building types, including businesses, community centers, restaurants and residential neighborhoods. The project traces the expulsion of Arab, African and South Asian population groups to Latin America and the Caribbean. Alia Farid's work connects sites, creating a trans-regionalism that goes beyond national land borders.  

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Clara Jo

United States and Germany

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‍Project: Epidemiological routes and ruptures

Biography:  

Clara Jo was born in the United States in 1986. She lives and works in Berlin. The artist creates moving images and sculptural installations that trace sensitive historical and ontological discourses by blending senses, perceptions and the constructed socio-political relations that are part of the human experience. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart Berlin (Germany, 2017) and Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst (Germany, 2022). She participated as a guest artist in Oceanic Imaginaries at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2022) and is a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship recipient (USA, 2019). She will be exhibiting at the ARKO Art Center (Korea, 2022).  

Residency project :  

During her residency, Clara Jo will explore the intersections, entanglements and political ruptures along the epidemiological routes of the Afro-Asian Ocean, which have traditionally been told in skewed terms in order to reinforce the imperial nautical imaginary. She will trace not only human maritime flows, but also encounters with the otherworldly within pre-imperial currents. Her project will also examine how these discourses have been represented across time along historical lines of contagion, fuelling collective imaginaries and fictions born of the fear of contamination by the "non-human" world.

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Manuel Mathieu

Haiti

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Project: Recueil2

Biography:  

Manuel Mathieu was born in 1986 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and lives and works in Montreal, Canada. A multidisciplinary artist practicing painting, ceramics and installations, he explores themes of historical violence, erasure and cultural approaches to corporeality, nature and spiritual heritage, borrowing from many historical influences and traditions. His work has been shown in numerous institutions, including ICA London, UK (2015), Longlati Foundation, China (forthcoming 2022), The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada (2020), Perez Art Museum, USA (2019), and The Power Plant, Canada (2020). Manuel Mathieu is represented by Pilar Corrias Gallery (London) and HdM Gallery (China).

Residency project :  

Manuel Mathieu's residency project will see him develop Recueil2, his second collection of drawings, due for publication in 2023. Drawing is an important part of his practice, and although it does not form the basis of his painting, it "taught him how to look at his paintings". For this reason, Manuel Mathieu has undertaken to produce a collection of drawings every five years throughout his life, summarizing his artistic explorations through the medium of drawing in each of these periods. Recueil2 will have the same format as the first. It will open with a poem, followed by a selection of drawings and an interview with a thinker. The individuals invited to collaborate will be chosen from different continents, with the idea that this exchange of views will create a unique dialogue that will be an extension of the drawings as a whole.

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Ser Serpas

United States

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Project: Creative License in Nonfiction

Biography:  

Ser Serpas was born in 1995 in Los Angeles, USA. She is based between Tbilisi, Georgia, and Paris, France. Her artistic practice combines sculpture, poetry, painting and sound to create transversal compositions that resist simple categorization in the face of fossilization. Ser Serpas' work has been presented in numerous institutions, including LUMA Westbau (Switzerland, 2018); Swiss Institute (USA, 2018); Goethe-Institut Ludlow 38 curatorial residencies (USA, 2019); Pinault Collection, Punta Della Dogana (Italy, 2020); Made in LA biennial at the Hammer Museum and the Huntington (USA, 2020); and Pinault Collection, Bourse de Commerce (France, 2021). Ser Serpas is represented by Galerie Balice Hertling (Paris).

Residency project :  

Serpas will complete the script for a horror film set at Columbia University in 2013, where a group of friends are targeted by an evil force on campus and in their surroundings. The story, loosely based on Rosemary's Baby, influenced the material conditions of campus politics in 2013, including the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Red Ribbon protests against sexual assault.

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Luki von der Gracht

Germany

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Project: Stars of Hysteria

Biography:  

Luki von der Gracht was born in Aachen, Germany. She lives and works in Berlin and Düsseldorf, Germany. Her multidisciplinary practice is dedicated to exploring emotion, social belonging, identity and gender with the aim of making marginalized groups more visible. Her work has been presented at Museum Abteiberg (Germany, 2016), Institute of Contemporary Arts (UK, 2019), Schinkel Pavilion (Germany, 2019), Grüner Salon, Volksbühne (Germany, 2021), and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Germany, 2021).  

Residency project :  

Luki von der Gracht will research the politics and poetics of the body, examining societies' relationship with misogyny and medicine, theatricality and religion. His utopian punk-rock opera project Les Étoiles de l'Hystérie will take place at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris between 1875 and 2023. It is told from the point of view of a patient who seeks to take power within the hospital. Science, like art and theater, seeks to understand the meaning of human life. How are they connected?

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Güneş Terkol

Turkey

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Project: Sewing Stories

Biography:  

Güneş Terkol was born in 1981 in Ankara, Turkey. She lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. The artist draws inspiration from her immediate environment, collecting materials and stories that she incorporates into her sewn pieces, videos, sketches and musical compositions. She is also a member of the artists' collective HaZaVuZu and the (musical) group GuGuOu. Her work has been presented at 10Gwangju Biennale (Korea, 2013), 32 Sao Paulo Bienal (Brazil, 2016), ArtNight London (UK, 2017), 16 Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2019), and Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci (Italy, 2020).  

Residency project :  

Güneş Terkol has organized workshops in Turkey, China, Germany, Italy, Austria and the UK, in which women from diverse backgrounds come together to collectively create works of art. The idea for these workshops came to her when she was a member of a feminist art collective. The collaborative aspect of art-making is essential to the artist's practice, as it brings women together, gives them a space to talk about their experiences as women, and allows their voices to be heard. Güneş Terkol intends to set up a new workshop of this kind in Paris during her residency.

2022 Selection Committee

The selection committee is made up of leading figures from the worlds of art and research.
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Vinciane Despret

Philosopher of science, professor at the Université de Liège and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

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Philosopher and psychologist Vinciane Despret teaches in the Philosophy Department at the University of Liège. Passionate about ethology, she has made it the subject of her research. In 1996, she recounted her first fieldwork with birds in Naissance d'une théorie éthologique : la danse du cratérope écaillé. Other publications followed, including Bêtes et Hommes (following the eponymous exhibition she curated at the Grande Halle de la Villette in 2007-2008); Etre bête, co-written with Jocelyne Porcher; Les faiseuses d'histoires with Isabelle Stengers; Penser comme un rat; Que diraient les animaux si on leur posait les bonnes questions? His latest book, Habiter en oiseau, examines the question of territories. The common thread running through his investigations is the question of good research methods: how do we (or don't we) manage to make beings interesting?

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Diana Campbell Betancourt (USA & Bangladesh)

Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit

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Diana Campbell Betancourt is an American curator who has been active in South and Southeast Asia since 2010, mainly in India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. She is committed to the globalization of the art world, and takes a long-term, multi-faceted approach that addresses the concerns of under-represented territories and artists, as well as those of more established artists, in numerous forums.

Since 2013, she has been artistic director and founder of the Samdani Art Foundation, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, whose critically acclaimed 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions she has directed. She has established the Dhaka Art Summit as one of the leading research and exhibition structures dedicated to art in South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators and writers from across South Asia through a primarily commission-based model. Alongside her activities in Bangladesh from 2016 to 2018, Diana Campbell Betancourt was also the artistic director and founder of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines, a non-profit international residency and exhibition program based in Manila and Bataan.


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Christine Macel

General Curator of Heritage, Head of the Contemporary Creation and Forecasting Department at the Mnam Centre Pompidou, France

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Art historian and curator Christine Macel has been head curator of the Contemporary Creation and Prospective Department at the Centre Pompidou since 2000, where she has organized numerous exhibitions. She was director of the 2017 Venice Art Biennale 'Viva Arte Viva'. Her essay "Le Temps Pris" was published in 2020 by Editions Champs d'art Flammarion. Co-curator of "Global(e) Resistance" at the Centre Pompidou in 2020, she is preparing the exhibition "Elles font l'abstraction/Women in abstraction" at the Centre Pompidou (May 2021) and at the Guggenheim Bilbao (October 2020).


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Simon Njami (Cameroon & Switzerland)

Writer, curator, essayist and art critic

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Simon Njami is an independent curator, lecturer, art critic and novelist based in Paris. He co-founded Revue Noire - of which he is editor-in-chief - a magazine devoted to contemporary and non-Western African art. He was artistic director of the first Johannesburg Art Fair (2008), the Bamako Photography Biennale (for ten years) and the Dakar Biennale, Dak'Art (2016-2018). He co-curated the first African Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). He has also curated, among others, the exhibitions Afriques Capitales (Paris and Lille, 2017), African Metropolis (MAXXI Museum, Rome, 2018), The Studio (Kampala Biennale, 2019), Le temps de l'Afrique (Las Palmas, 2020), La Matière vivante (San Giminiano, 2021). 

Njami has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and photography, including Africa Remix (2004-2007) and the first African contemporary art fair (Johannesburg, 2008). In 1998, he conceived the Pan-African Master Classes in Photography project with the Goethe Institute. He ran these for 12 years and built up the contemporary art collection at the Mémorial ACTe (Guadeloupe). He has published and edited numerous works, most recently Histoire histoires, l'histoire de la Revue noire (2020).

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Philippe Vergne

Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal)

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Philippe Vergne has been director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto since April 2019. From 2014 to 2018, he was director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he spent five years overseeing the DIA Foundation in New York, after serving as deputy director and chief curator of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. From 1994 to 1997, Philippe Vergne was director of the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Marseille (MAC).


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Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland & United Kingdom)

Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries

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Hans Ulrich Obrist, born 1968 in Zürich (Switzerland), is artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. He was previously curator of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first exhibition, "World Soup" (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has organized over 300 exhibitions, and has lectured internationally at art academies and institutions. He is editor-in-chief of Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers d'Art and 032C, and a regular contributor to Mousse and Kaleidoscope. He also writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2011, and the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to art in 2015. Recent publications include Ways of Curating (2015), The Age of Earthquakes (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015), Mondialité (2017), Somewhere Totally Else (2018) and The Athens Dialogues (2018).

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Residents 2021

First session - from spring 2021

SOLO program

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Dineo Seshee Bopape

Artist, South Africa

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Dineo Seshee Bopape

Artist, South Africa, 1981

Dineo Seshee Bopape was born on a Sunday in 1981. The Boeing 767 makes its maiden flight and Umkonto We Sizwe carries out numerous sabotage attacks against the apartheid regime. An earthquake kills around 50 people in China; international NGOs gather in Geneva for a conference on indigenous peoples and their lands. The term "Internet" makes its first appearance; Hosni Mubarak is elected President of Egypt; a coup takes place in Ghana; Diana marries Prince Charles in Britain; Bob Marley disappears; Angola descends into apartheid; AIDS is identified/created/named; Salman Rushdie publishes his book "Midnight's Children"; the wreck of the Titanic is found; Mohamed Ali retires; Winnie Mandela's banishment orders were renewed for 5 years; the first test-tube baby was born; Thomas Sanakara cycled to his first cabinet meeting; Machu Picchu was declared a World Heritage Site; his paternal grandmother died of dementia; that year, millions shed tears (for various causes), spoke words in many languages and billions dreamed... Some things went on, some evolved and some came to an end (?). The world's population then stood at around 4.529 billion... today, Bopape is part of 7 billion human beings and deserves many qualifiers". She is the winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2017 as well as the Sharjah Biennial Prize 2017. She is represented by the Sfeir-Semler (Beirut) and Bendana Pinel (Paris) galleries.

The project: Vibe: Sa lerole ke kosha

I want to do research related to land, one of my favorite elements. For several years now, I've been exploring this element (the earth) from different angles and through different perspectives that are intimately linked to the socio-political: the histories of land possession and dispossession, the socio-economic-political histories of mining of various kinds (minerals, metals, nutrients...) and its implications on our collective body and on the body of the earth. I will study the basic elements, minerals, compounds and research their energies, their resonances, and translate them into song. The research will take the form of a song: make a song of the earth, make songs for the earth and record it in different places.

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Akram Zaatari

Photographer and video maker, Lebanon

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Akram Zaatari

Photographer and video artist, Lebanon, 1966

Born in 1966, Akram Zaatari has produced over 50 films and videos. All share a concern for storytelling, and explore a range of themes, subjects and techniques touching on historical research, political resistance, the lives of former militants, the legacy of an exhausted Left, the dissemination of images in wartime, and the interplay of tensions inherent in letters that have been lost, found, buried, discovered, or arrived late. Zaatari has made a decisive contribution to the formal, intellectual and institutional development of Beirut's contemporary art scene. As co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (1997), he has made a major and uncompromising contribution to broadening reflection on preservation and archiving practices. One of the most important artists on the Lebanese scene, having represented Lebanon at the Venice Biennale in 2013, Akram Zaatari is represented by the Sfeir-Semler (Beirut), Thomas Dane (London) and Kurimanzutto (Mexico) galleries.

The project: FATHER AND SON

The FATHER AND SON project focuses on two archaeological missions to Sidon in the mid-19th century, which led to the discovery of two sarcophagi belonging to a father and son, Kings Eshmouazar II (now in Paris) and Tabnit (now in Istanbul). The project consists in reuniting the two sarcophagi, possibly in the same space, but perhaps symbolically or even virtually, through a work of art. The project seeks alternatives to restitution. First, the sarcophagi will be digitized in 3D, then printed and, hopefully, exhibited together to tell the story of their separation.

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Mohssin Harraki

Artist, Morocco

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Mohssin Harraki

Artist, Morocco, 1981

Mohssin Harraki, born in Assilah (Morocco) in 1981, is a multidisciplinary artist whose drawing, video, installation and photography are all ways of questioning social and political issues. The artist questions both cultural construction and the mechanisms by which memory and the collective imagination are constituted. He is interested in the mechanisms by which memory and the collective imagination are constituted. He is interested in subjects such as genealogy, the transmission of power and education. In his installations, he also explores the themes of history, writing and image, notably in his exhibition "illusions: la présence de l'image contribue à sa disparition" at Galerie Imane Farès. Her work has been shown in numerous institutions, including Centre Pompidou, Paris-France in 2020; Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MECA, Occitane-France in 2020; Beirut Art Center, Beirut-Lebanon in 2019; Group show at Castelli Gallery, New York, 2019; Dakar Biennale, Senegal, 2018; Hessel Museum of Art, Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea, 2014; and in 2013 he presented his project "Absence-presence, deux fois" in duo with Joseph Kosuth at Galerie Imane Fares (Paris). He is represented by galerie Imane Farès (Paris).

The project: Forbidden image/missing image

My residency project is an investigation into the birth of photography, the passage to the image and its circulation. In the project Image interdite / image manquante, I try to question the prohibition of the image and the degree of lack it produces, while evoking the means of archive production and its relationship with history in the Moroccan context and that of Arab countries in general. I'm interested in the relationship to history of the ban on images in Arab countries, a history to be imagined from words, absence, the invisible, the lack of image. Is it possible to encounter the void through words? Image manquante is not simply the absence of something that may be its real nature, but this absent image as such. Talking about an image through another image without taking an image, for example taking a photo of a photographer who photographs the photographer who takes the photo (image), is like talking about the third witness in a photo.

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Maya Minder

Artist, Switzerland

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Maya Minder

Artist, Switzerland, 1983

Maya Minder, born 1983, lives in Zurich, Switzerland. She is a performance artist and feminist, researching the importance of microbes in everyday life and cooking. She works for the development of communities and the discovery of culinary pleasures. Like the notion of culture, that of gastronomy has its roots in an agricultural context, and she now incorporates knowledge-related concepts into her research. She has received several awards and nominations: Kadist Award, Pro Helvetia, Pax Award. She has also been exhibited at several international exhibitions and festivals: Ars Electronica, AEGardens2020, Austria, Piksel Spill Fest, Norway, Kunsthalle Zurich, Klöntal-Triennale, Food Culture Days, Switzerland. His work focuses on the question of food and our relationship with the earth. The subject of food has become central, as it is linked to social policy and the economy, and is finally recognized as a human cultural heritage and an element of alchemy. Feeding ourselves to assimilate nutrients is not only a physical activity, but also forces us to adopt daily habits and engage in inter-species and microbial exchanges, constantly updating the process.

The project: Green Open Food Evolution

With Green Open Food Evolution, an initiative in the field of nutrition for an endosymbiotic co-evolution to become photosynthetic Homo, I would like to propose an artistic research project for the residency. The research is open-ended and should result in a cookbook presenting a possible dietary program, accompanied by lectures, workshops and dinner-performances on the theme of Homo-photosynthesis. The project will be developed in collaboration with the interdisciplinary artistic research project "Roscosmoe - The worm that wanted to go into space" initiated by Ewen Chardronnet and marine biologists Xavier Bailly and Gaëlle Correc (researchers at the Roscoff Biological Station, Finistère - CNRS Sorbonne University).

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Sara Ouhaddou

Artist, France

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Sara Ouhaddou

Artist, France, 1986

Born in France in 1986 to a Moroccan family, Sara Ouhaddou's dual culture shapes her artistic practice as a continuous language. Beginning her career as a fashion designer, she went on to develop a more artistic and social practice, addressing the challenges faced by Moroccan artisans. She questions the role of art as a tool for economic, social and cultural development, particularly in the Arab world. Sharing her interrogations on the transformations of her heritage, she sets traditional Moroccan arts in tension with the codes of contemporary art in order to put forgotten cultural realities into perspective. She has taken part in the following exhibitions: Islamic Art festival, Sharjah (2017-2018), Crafts Becomes Mordern, Bauhaus Dessau Fondation (2017); the Marrakech Biennale (2016). Her monographic exhibitions have been presented at Moulin d'Art Contemporain, Toulon (2015); Gaité Lyrique, Paris (2014); and Institut Français, Marrakech (2014). Among the awards she has received: Arab Fund for Art and Culture (2014); and Un Pourcent Art Contemporain NYC, Little Syria Project (2017). She is represented by Galerie Polaris (Paris).

The project: Des Autres

Des Autres is a study of the divine, human and monstrous figures found in the systems of the ancient Amazigh* peoples of North Africa. And at the same time, the history of the typology of places of knowledge: libraries, media libraries and museums. The aim of this cross-geographical study of Europe and North Africa over time is to build a work as a new material, immaterial or performative space, superimposed on all others. By shedding light on Amazigh mythology, I'd like to question our knowledge and transmission spaces in a broader sense.

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Hamedine Kane

Artist, filmmaker, Mauritania

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Hamedine Kane

Artist, filmmaker, Mauritania, 1983

Hamedine Kane, a Senegalese and Mauritanian artist and filmmaker, lives and works between Brussels and Dakar. Through his practice, Kane frequents borders, not as signs and factors of impossibility, but as places of passage and transformation, as a central element in the conception of itinerant identity. He uses words and images to highlight notions of exile, wandering and movement, but also to replace political time with the time of life. He has developed a keen interest in memory and heritage, reflected in L'Ecole des Mutants with Stéphane Verlet-Bottero, a research project that blends past and future, transgressing and irrigating the limits of space and time. Kane's latest works were exhibited at the last Dak'art Biennale curated by Simon Njiami, at Documenta 14: "Every Time A Ear Di Sound" organized by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Elena Agudio and Marcus Gammel. In 2018, his work was the subject of a solo exhibition in Mumbai at the Clark House Initiative, curated by Sumesh Sharma, with whom he continued a collaboration at the London Showroom. In 2018, Kane also exhibited at FIAC and La Colonie in Paris. Kane participated in the Taipei Biennale 2020, he will be part of the Casablanca Biennale 2021. His film The Blue House received a special jury mention at IDFA in Amsterdam 2020.

The project: Three Americans in Paris

My interest in literature and the book object as a creative vector in my artistic practice stems above all from my former job as a librarian in Senegal and Mauritania. This experience subsequently became an important marker in my artistic practice. In the same vein, I became interested in the influence that African, Afro-American and Afro-diasporic literature and its authors can have as a source of inspiration for today's generations in their political, social and environmental commitments. The residency will enable me to pursue this research and create a new series around this literature. It just so happens that the three American writers I'm interested in starting this new research-creation (Richard Wright, Chester Himes and James Baldwin), following the "Salesman Of Revolt" Series (2018), have lived and created much of their work in Paris. The works of the three Americans were a source of inspiration and comfort to me throughout my period of European exile. I understand they were for many others before me.

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Achraf Touloub

Artist, France

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Achraf Touloub

Artist, France

Achraf Touloub explores the links between tradition and modernity in a globalized world. His pictorial work has led him to take an interest in various forms of drawing, with an alternative treatment of lines: the result is a motif made up of a multitude of juxtaposed lines. He is represented by Galerie Baronian Xippas (Belgium).

The project: A window for ONE world

For his residency project Art Explora, Achraf Touloub will develop a new series of drawings and paintings based on the question of our perception of reality in a world increasingly connected and governed by the omnipresence of communication technologies. From the outset of her practice, the artist has never ceased to reflect on the initiatory and immersive dimensions of technological tools, which go so far as to amalgamate with traditional strategies of representation. Today, this immersive dimension challenges the way we decipher and grasp our times. Each event that punctuates it gives the impression of being staged, of being part of an already written scenario, where we all find ourselves sucked in together. This dizzying feeling of finding ourselves both actor and spectator of the image before us is one of the great consequences of communication technologies on our minds. This vertigo leads the artist to think about and experiment with new registers of perception in an attempt to navigate the multiple superimposed dimensions that make up our contemporary world. Achraf Touloub's project revolves around pictorial research and immersive formats, conceiving representation first and foremost as a carnal, intuitive experience. The aim is to give the image a functionality, that of generating a space likely to reconnect us with our primordial dimension.

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Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro

Artist, France

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Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro

Artist, France

Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro is an artist, environmental engineer and curator. He lives and works between Paris and London. His transdisciplinary practice develops collective forms of action and education, linked to the socio-ecological mutations of territories. His work has been presented at the ZKM Karlsruhe, the Taipei Biennale, the Oslo Triennial and various international institutions. In 2018, in Dakar, he initiated in collaboration with Hamedine Kane L'Ecole des Mutants, a collaborative art and research platform focusing on education and political utopia in a postcolonial context.

The project: Small grains cosmology

Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro is fascinated by millet and other "small grains": for him, these forgotten cereals, discarded by techno-scientific modernity, embody an ongoing resistance to homogenization, imperialism and patriarchal oppression. It is also a resilient plant that, in an increasingly dry and unstable climate, could play a key role in the future of agriculture and enhance food sovereignty. Sharing the need for other conceptions of the world, his project attempts to develop an agrocosmology of millet, in conjunction with peasant communities concerned with their survival. Based on an in-depth survey of interviews and archives from specialized institutions, her project will include a plastic creation, somatic research and the organization of a dinner-performance.

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Maarten Vanden Eynde

Artist, France

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Maarten Vanden Eynde

Artist, Belgium, 1977

Maarten Vanden Eynde is a visual artist based in Brussels (Belgium) and Saint-Mihiel (France). He graduated from the Free Media program at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (NL) in 2000, took part in the experimental MSA Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles (USA) in 2006 and completed a post-graduate course at the HISK Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Ghent (BE) in 2009. His work focuses on long-term research projects dealing with a wide range of social and political issues, such as post-industrialism, capitalism and ecology. In 2005, he and Marjolijn Dijkman founded Enough Room for Space (ERforS), an interdependent artistic initiative that organizes events, residencies, research projects and exhibitions worldwide. His work is situated precisely on the boundary between past and future; sometimes looking to the future from the past, sometimes looking to the past from the future. He is represented by Galerie Meessen de Clercq (Brussels).

Oulimata Gueye

Critic and curator, Senegal

Oulimata Gueye is an art critic and curator living in Paris (FR). She studies the impact of digital technology on popular urban culture in Africa. She is particularly interested in the potential of fiction to develop critical analysis and alternative positions. She holds a Master's degree in cultural management from the Université Paris 8 and studied art and languages at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (FR). From 2020 to 2023, she will be Maarten Vanden Eynde's external advisor for his PhD candidacy as part of the "Matter, Gesture, Soul" artistic research project at the University of Bergen in Norway.

The project: Ars Memoriae

The "Ars Memoriae" project takes as its starting point the little-known Mesolithic site of Fontainebleau, and is rooted in broader research into the material forms of memory and the contemporary challenges of archaeology, particularly with regard to the place it has given to the African continent, where the oldest remains of human presence on Earth are to be found. By studying different ways of remembering, the aim is to imagine / speculate on / what might be the material vestiges that survive contemporary society, with the aim of proposing an alternative historical narrative.

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Oulimata Gueye

Critic and curator, Senegal

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Maarten Vanden Eynde

Artist, Belgium, 1977

Maarten Vanden Eynde is a visual artist based in Brussels (Belgium) and Saint-Mihiel (France). He graduated from the Free Media program at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (NL) in 2000, took part in the experimental MSA Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles (USA) in 2006 and completed a post-graduate course at the HISK Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Ghent (BE) in 2009. His work focuses on long-term research projects dealing with a wide range of social and political issues, such as post-industrialism, capitalism and ecology. In 2005, he and Marjolijn Dijkman founded Enough Room for Space (ERforS), an interdependent artistic initiative that organizes events, residencies, research projects and exhibitions worldwide. His work is situated precisely on the boundary between past and future; sometimes looking to the future from the past, sometimes looking to the past from the future. He is represented by Galerie Meessen de Clercq (Brussels).

Oulimata Gueye

Critic and curator, Senegal

Oulimata Gueye is an art critic and curator living in Paris (FR). She studies the impact of digital technology on popular urban culture in Africa. She is particularly interested in the potential of fiction to develop critical analysis and alternative positions. She holds a Master's degree in cultural management from the Université Paris 8 and studied art and languages at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (FR). From 2020 to 2023, she will be Maarten Vanden Eynde's external advisor for his PhD candidacy as part of the "Matter, Gesture, Soul" artistic research project at the University of Bergen in Norway.

The project: Ars Memoriae

The "Ars Memoriae" project takes as its starting point the little-known Mesolithic site of Fontainebleau, and is rooted in broader research into the material forms of memory and the contemporary challenges of archaeology, particularly with regard to the place it has given to the African continent, where the oldest remains of human presence on Earth are to be found. By studying different ways of remembering, the aim is to imagine / speculate on / what might be the material vestiges that survive contemporary society, with the aim of proposing an alternative historical narrative.

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Mélanie Pavy

Artist and filmmaker, France

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Mélanie Pavy

Artist and filmmaker, France, 1977

Mélanie Pavy is an artist, filmmaker and researcher. For her first feature film, Cendres (co-directed with Idrissa Guiro and released in 2015), she will be a guest at Villa Kujoyama in Kyôto for 7 months. In October 2020, as part of PSL University's SACRe PhD program, she will defend a practical film thesis on life in a degraded world and the prospect of its disappearance. The installations and videos resulting from this work have been shown in solo and group exhibitions at the BAL, Galerie des filles du Calvaire, Centre Georges Pompidou, Grande Halle de la Villette, 116 in Montreuil and the Fémis. Through her work, she questions our ability to think about and narrate loss, right down to its ultimate corollary, that of the end of a human world.

Sophie Houdart

Anthropologist, France, 1971

Sophie Houdart is an anthropologist and director of research at the CNRS (Laboratoire d'Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative). Specializing in Japan, she has carried out several surveys on the theme of creation and innovation, in the fields of science, art and architecture. Since 2012, she has been investigating life after the triple disaster of March 2011 in Fukushima Prefecture. On this question, she works in collaboration with a hybrid collective, Call It Anything, which brings together several researchers and artists around cross-experimentations on the themes of disorder, damaged territory, radioactivity, the recomposition of the existing.

The project: Fukushima: cover versions

Between a digging campaign and an editing session, and under the benevolent eye of two tutelary figures, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and Matsuo Bashô (1644-1694), our "Fukushima : Reprises" will consist in reclaiming the mass of data brought back from our travels in a region stricken by Japan's March 2011 nuclear disaster. By focusing on what has not been said, what has barely been seen but is nonetheless noted, what has been sketched out without becoming salient, what persists, finally, once the text is written and the film shot, we will seek to understand how a common knowledge is woven about a real that never ceases to escape, and learn, again, how to increase it, make it last, by reopening it and risking it in contact with others.

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Sophie Houdart

Anthropologist, France

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Mélanie Pavy

Artist and filmmaker, France, 1977

Mélanie Pavy is an artist, filmmaker and researcher. For her first feature film, Cendres (co-directed with Idrissa Guiro and released in 2015), she will be a guest at Villa Kujoyama in Kyôto for 7 months. In October 2020, as part of PSL University's SACRe PhD program, she will defend a practical film thesis on life in a degraded world and the prospect of its disappearance. The installations and videos resulting from this work have been shown in solo and group exhibitions at the BAL, Galerie des filles du Calvaire, Centre Georges Pompidou, Grande Halle de la Villette, 116 in Montreuil and the Fémis. Through her work, she questions our ability to think about and narrate loss, right down to its ultimate corollary, that of the end of a human world.

Sophie Houdart

Anthropologist, France, 1971

Sophie Houdart is an anthropologist and director of research at the CNRS (Laboratoire d'Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative). Specializing in Japan, she has carried out several surveys on the theme of creation and innovation, in the fields of science, art and architecture. Since 2012, she has been investigating life after the triple disaster of March 2011 in Fukushima Prefecture. On this question, she works in collaboration with a hybrid collective, Call It Anything, which brings together several researchers and artists around cross-experimentations on the themes of disorder, damaged territory, radioactivity, the recomposition of the existing.

The project: Fukushima: cover versions

Between a digging campaign and an editing session, and under the benevolent eye of two tutelary figures, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and Matsuo Bashô (1644-1694), our "Fukushima : Reprises" will consist in reclaiming the mass of data brought back from our travels in a region stricken by Japan's March 2011 nuclear disaster. By focusing on what has not been said, what has barely been seen but is nonetheless noted, what has been sketched out without becoming salient, what persists, finally, once the text is written and the film shot, we will seek to understand how a common knowledge is woven about a real that never ceases to escape, and learn, again, how to increase it, make it last, by reopening it and risking it in contact with others.

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Adriana Lara

Artist, Mexico

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Adriana Lara

Artist, Mexico

Through her artistic practice, Adriana Lara analyzes the relationships between structures, styles, content and form, with the aim of restoring value and meaning to cultural production. Her installations transpose ordered systems into formal and abstract systems of signs, highlighting the dominant mechanisms of representation in the contemporary world. She is represented by galerie Air de Paris (Paris).

The project: Red Social

The diversity of genres, groups and media that make contemporary music known is quite considerable, and this political aspect of music is the starting point for Red Social. Red Social is a research-led project: it will result in a series of live musical events designed to understand the multi-dimensional nature of music. The project aims to build a network of local and international individuals who will collaborate to create a live art show with a social dimension in Paris.

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Anri Sala

Artist, Albania

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Anri Sala

Artist, Albania & France

The works of Anri Sala, one of the world's most celebrated contemporary artists, take time as their theme and are built around the link between image, architecture and sound: they take advantage of this to destabilize and question reality. They explore linguistic, syntactic and musical ruptures, inviting creative dislocations and new interpretations of history. Anri Sala is represented by Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris), Galerie Kurimanzutto (Mexico), Hauser & Wirth (London), Galerie Marian Goodman (New York) and Esther Schipper (Berlin).

The project: If Wishes Were Horses Beggars would Ride

In 490 B.C., Phidippides, a Greek soldier, ran over 42 kilometers to exclaim, with a last breath, "We are victorious!" Anri Sala's project is inspired by the marathon and its original history: he will replace Philippides' words with various phrases taken from the Instructions given to British soldiers mobilized in France and Germany in 1944. Pronounced by contemporary athletes crossing the finish line of the Paris marathon, most of whom come from diverse and sometimes distant origins, these phrases, once used by soldiers to assert military power and express a certain uniformity, will this time express an attitude of vulnerability and a desire for diversity.

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Chino Amobi

Artist, USA

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Chino Amobi

Artist, USA

Chino Amobi is an experimental electronic music composer, contemporary artist and producer living in Virginia. He is co-founder of the independent label NON Worldwide. He has previously worked in the fields of painting and sound art and has released several albums, including Airport Music for Black Folk (2016) and Paradiso (2017), which tackle themes of intercontinental security, the post-apocalyptic and the new poor countries. He is represented by Fitzpatrick Gallery (Paris, Los Angeles).

The project: EROICA VOL.II

In 2019, he signed the first part of the Eroica novel trilogy, conceived as an "epic globalist thriller", between myth and historical narrative. The book was launched as part of an exhibition at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, devoted to the first part of the trilogy. EROICA VOL.II is the second part of his trilogy, blending epic narrative, speculative realism, social science and global economics. He plans to create works of art from a variety of media, which will serve as a reference index to the novel. Volume 2 will be developed with the help of a multitude of collaborators from the local and international scene. Paris will be the living museum where the story unfolds. The intangible elements will become part of the Eroica myth.

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Liz Johnson Artur

Artist, Russia & Ghana

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Liz Johnson Artur

Artist, Russia & Ghana

Liz Johnson Arthur has been a photographer for over thirty years and was awarded a Turner Fellowship in 2020 . Her work focuses on the lives of black people in the African diaspora. She follows international diaspora communities, observing how they communicate and represent themselves.

The project: Collecting Evidence

Collecting Evidence will gather testimonies from members of the black community living in Paris and the Île-de-France region, integrating them with those of populations belonging to the Afro-European diaspora. Liz Johnson Arthur will link this experience to underlying notions of climate, toxicity, power and capitalism. She will immerse herself in the atmosphere of Paris and observe its social fabric, meeting communities and religious groups, taking part in sporting events, concerts and other urban events to gather testimonies, take photos and create an installation.

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Monica Narula

Artists, India

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Monica Narula / Raqs media collective

Artist, India

The Raqs Media collective consists of Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The word "raqs" refers to the heightened awareness and greater presence that comes from whirling, spinning, being in a state of revolution. Raqs masters various means of expression: installations, sculpture, video, performance, writing, lexicography and exhibition organization. Raqs co-founded Sarai, where they also edited the 9-volume Sarai Reader series. They live and work in Delhi, India. They have exhibited extensively worldwide and organized numerous exhibitions, including the 2016 Shanghai Biennale, "Why Not Ask Again", and the 2020 Yokohama Triennial, "Afterglow".

The project: Who's more human, then? Artistic Research into Automata & Histories of Artificial Intelligence

Monica Narula will represent the Raqs Media collective during the residency. The collective is deeply interested in the point of convergence between being and becoming: human, animal, machine... (and everything in between!). The term "automaton" comes from a Greek verb meaning "to act according to one's own will". Raqs sees automata of all kinds as supports for the manifestation and programming of will and intelligence. Monica will discuss the Raqs collective's philosophical curiosity about the relationship between autonomy and predetermination in automata of all kinds. The aim is to expand Raqs' artistic palette and to reflect on the making of mechanical toys, the programming of artificial intelligence and the design of machines that mimic and reflect human and animal faculties. Monica is counting on collaboration and exchanges with researchers, scientists and museums such as the Musée des Arts et Métiers and the Musée de la Magie.

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Natsuko Uchino

Artist, Japan

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Natsuko Uchino

Artist, Japan

Natsuko Uchino's practice is defined by experiences in agriculture and crafts, and links art, ecology, food and conviviality through the use of ceramics. Her work takes the form of installations, films and performances, combining the multiple materialities of sculpture, functional objects and the living. Considered as 'world matter', earth is seen and treated as a site, resource and substrate for all forms of life. Natsuko Uchino is represented by Galerie Allen (Paris).

The project: Hospitality and rewilding: projecting an eco-social landscape

His research mobilizes notions of eco-design, material cycles and use, in living, temporal and biodegradable forms. The culture of fermented products is creative, sometimes spontaneous, often perpetual. These cultural activities will be the source and starting point for a variety of experiments aimed at creating eco-social forms. Through the association and symbiosis between living forms, writing and cooperative display, the aim is to make the residency a place of practice and reflection on food culture in the urban environment. The residency will feature an inclusive presentation with a range of actors, exhibitions, workshops, a laboratory and a publication.

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Nicholas Grafia

Germany, USA, Philippines

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Nicholas Grafia

Germany, USA, Philippines

Nicholas Grafia is a painter, performer and creator of multimedia installations based on temporal parameters that address the formation of political, cultural and social memory. Through a theoretical framework centered on postcolonial issues, the monstrous and post-humanism, as well as references to surrealism, he develops a visual language designed to analyze the familiar and the strange, particularisms and the universal.

The project: Channel X-one

The aim of her residency project is to gather diverse testimonies and stories, as well as any form of personal narrative, from communities and individuals largely ignored, neglected and generally rejected by Western society, in order to make known their reflections on various social issues, including the social dynamics of their immediate environment, i.e. the Paris metropolis, and the country as a whole. The results of his research will then be presented on a transmission platform, which will place the guests and their testimonies in the foreground. He will create a permanent, multifunctional installation where he will conduct different types of interviews. Among other models, the spatial configuration will serve as a radio station, film set and photo location, in which, for example, recording and photo sessions will be directed by the interviewees themselves.

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Ramaya Tegegne

Artist, Switzerland

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Ramaya Tegegne

Artist, Switzerland

Ramaya Tegegne's work focuses on the processes by which the field of art is constituted. It focuses on collective and collaborative artistic practices that, historically and currently, have made visible the social, economic and cultural determinism of art, thus problematizing its mechanisms, such as meritocracy or gentrification. The artist addresses these issues by revealing lived relationships, narratives, conditions of selection and production in the current context. She is the driving force behind the Wages For Wages Against campaign for fair pay for artistic work and better working conditions.

The project: 36 rooms a day

Ramaya Tegegne is planning a performance focusing on the strikes by chambermaids at several Paris hotels (Ibis Clichy Batignolles, Park Hyatt Vendôme, Hyatt Madeleine, W Opéra, L'Hôtel du Collectionneur, Holiday Inn de Clichy,...). The project will begin with field research in Paris with workers in struggle, and meetings with associations. It will then take shape with the creation of a play in 2022 at the Théâtre de l'Usine in Geneva. The subject of demands for better working conditions is at the heart of her practice. The aim of this research is also to draw inspiration from these struggles to fuel our fights in the visual arts.

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Rina Banerjee

Artist, India

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Rina Banerjee

Artist, India

Rina Banerjee's sculptures, drawings, paintings and videos address the issue of immigration through a reflection on memory, experience and the mobility of communities. Her work reflects on the notion of identity, femininity and solidarity between women. She is represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia (France).

The project: In the most foreign of gardens grows Democracy

Rina Banerjee aims to create a series of portraits inspired by stories from the city of Paris, a project that requires her to study the urban setting as a place of hospitality. She will design sculptures using new methods and processes that will require knowledge of historical colonial artifacts, garment-making processes, hybrid cultural concepts and ceramic or glass creations that have emerged with fashion developments in France. Rina Banerjee hopes to collaborate with institutions such as the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres and the Ecole des Gobelins to create part of the Medusa head sculpture she has imagined for her project. Her residency project will also involve documentary research at the Musée Guimet. Rina Banerjee also plans to immerse herself in the photography collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and to meet with researchers and scientists to consider the theme of identity from a different angle. The contemporary and the urban, our new global home, a unique address, the Earth, offers us a benevolent and ambitious creator, Medusa. She is a polymorphous being of marvellous nature. Medusa's crown of intertwined snake heads is a symbol of our closely-knit human community. We are an interracial and interfaith group determined to confront the demons of democracies to love and embrace our humanity.

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Tomo Savic-Gecan

Artist, Croatia & Netherlands

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Tomo Savic-Gecan

Artist, Croatia & Netherlands

Tomo Savic-Gecan is an artist who seeks to stage "nothing". Taking up the principle of the tabula rasa, his projects present themselves as empty spaces filled with various charges, hidden tensions, references and interconnections. By intervening in space, which constitutes his basic "material", the artist provokes improbable and unusual interactions between the space, the viewer and the non-existent exhibition object.

The project: Untitled 2021

Tomo Savic-Gecan was awarded the Accelerate prize as part of the Arts at CERN program, which enabled him to work in collaboration with scientists. He is now interested in how nanomaterials can act as a "bridge" to transmit information between the physical boundaries of gallery or museum space and visitors. The level of information transfer, which is in itself a dialogue, is open-ended and will be researched during the residency.

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Adriana Lara

Artist, Mexico

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Adriana Lara

Artist, Mexico

Through her artistic practice, Adriana Lara analyzes the relationships between structures, styles, content and form, with the aim of restoring value and meaning to cultural production. Her installations transpose ordered systems into formal and abstract systems of signs, highlighting the dominant mechanisms of representation in the contemporary world. She is represented by galerie Air de Paris (Paris).

The project: Red Social

The diversity of genres, groups and media that make contemporary music known is quite considerable, and this political aspect of music is the starting point for Red Social. Red Social is a research-led project: it will result in a series of live musical events designed to understand the multi-dimensional nature of music. The project aims to build a network of local and international individuals who will collaborate to create a live art show with a social dimension in Paris.

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Anri Sala

Artist, Albania

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Anri Sala

Artist, Albania & France

The works of Anri Sala, one of the world's most celebrated contemporary artists, take time as their theme and are built around the link between image, architecture and sound: they take advantage of this to destabilize and question reality. They explore linguistic, syntactic and musical ruptures, inviting creative dislocations and new interpretations of history. Anri Sala is represented by Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris), Galerie Kurimanzutto (Mexico), Hauser & Wirth (London), Galerie Marian Goodman (New York) and Esther Schipper (Berlin).

The project: If Wishes Were Horses Beggars would Ride

In 490 B.C., Phidippides, a Greek soldier, ran over 42 kilometers to exclaim, with a last breath, "We are victorious!" Anri Sala's project is inspired by the marathon and its original history: he will replace Philippides' words with various phrases taken from the Instructions given to British soldiers mobilized in France and Germany in 1944. Pronounced by contemporary athletes crossing the finish line of the Paris marathon, most of whom come from diverse and sometimes distant origins, these phrases, once used by soldiers to assert military power and express a certain uniformity, will this time express an attitude of vulnerability and a desire for diversity.

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Chino Amobi

Artist, USA

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Chino Amobi

Artist, USA

Chino Amobi is an experimental electronic music composer, contemporary artist and producer living in Virginia. He is co-founder of the independent label NON Worldwide. He has previously worked in the fields of painting and sound art and has released several albums, including Airport Music for Black Folk (2016) and Paradiso (2017), which tackle themes of intercontinental security, the post-apocalyptic and the new poor countries. He is represented by Fitzpatrick Gallery (Paris, Los Angeles).

The project: EROICA VOL.II

In 2019, he signed the first part of the Eroica novel trilogy, conceived as an "epic globalist thriller", between myth and historical narrative. The book was launched as part of an exhibition at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, devoted to the first part of the trilogy. EROICA VOL.II is the second part of his trilogy, blending epic narrative, speculative realism, social science and global economics. He plans to create works of art from a variety of media, which will serve as a reference index to the novel. Volume 2 will be developed with the help of a multitude of collaborators from the local and international scene. Paris will be the living museum where the story unfolds. The intangible elements will become part of the Eroica myth.

The 2021 Selection Committee

The selection committee is made up of leading figures from the worlds of art and research.
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Vinciane Despret

Philosopher of science, professor at the Université de Liège and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

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Philosopher and psychologist Vinciane Despret teaches in the Philosophy Department at the University of Liège. Passionate about ethology, she has made it the subject of her research. In 1996, she recounted her first fieldwork with birds in Naissance d'une théorie éthologique : la danse du cratérope écaillé. Other publications followed, including Bêtes et Hommes (following the eponymous exhibition she curated at the Grande Halle de la Villette in 2007-2008); Etre bête, co-written with Jocelyne Porcher; Les faiseuses d'histoires with Isabelle Stengers; Penser comme un rat; Que diraient les animaux si on leur posait les bonnes questions? Her latest book, Habiter en oiseau, examines the question of territories. The common thread running through his investigations is the question of good research methods: how do we (or don't we) manage to make beings interesting?

Sylvère Petit

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Christine Macel

General Curator of Heritage. Head of the Contemporary Creation and Prospective Department at the Mnam Centre Pompidou (France)

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Art historian and curator Christine Macel has been head curator of the Contemporary Creation and Prospective Department at the Centre Pompidou since 2000, where she has organized numerous exhibitions. She was director of the 2017 Venice Art Biennale 'Viva Arte Viva'. Her essay 'Le Temps Pris' was published in 2020 by Editions Champs d'art Flammarion. Co-curator of "Global(e) Resistance" at the Centre Pompidou in 2020, she is preparing the exhibition "Elles font l'abstraction/Women in abstraction" at the Centre Pompidou (May 2021) and at the Guggenheim Bilbao (October 2020).

Jean-Claude Planchet

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London (UK)

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Hans Ulrich Obrist, born 1968 in Zürich (Switzerland), is artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. He was previously curator of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first exhibition "World Soup" (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has organized over 300 exhibitions. Obrist has lectured internationally at art academies and institutions. He is editor-in-chief of Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers d'Art and 032C. He also writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2011, and the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to art in 2015. Recent publications include Ways of Curating (2015), The Age of Earthquakes (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015), Mondialité (2017), Somewhere Totally Else (2018) and The Athens Dialogues (2018).

Tyler Mitchell

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Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez

Interdependent curator, editor and art critic

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Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez is an interdependent curator, editor and art critic. Exhibitions she has curated include Contour Biennale 9: Coltan as Cotton (2019, Mechelen), Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France (1970s-1980s) at the LaM Museum in Lille and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid (2019, with Giovanna Zapperi), Show me your archive and I will tell you who is in power at the Kiosk art gallery in Ghent (2017, with Wim Waelput), Let's Talk about the Weather at the Sursock Museum in Beirut and the Times Museum in Guangzhou (2016 and 2018, with Nora Razian), Resilience. U3 - Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM) in Ljubljana (2013). Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez was also co-director of Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers from 2010 to 2012. She is editor-in-chief of Versopolis Review magazine, and was editor-in-chief of Manifesta Journal from 2012 to 2014 and L'Internationale Online from 2014 to 2017. Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez curated the project Not Fully Human, Not Human At All, organized by KADIST in Paris from 2017 to 2020, whose final exhibition will be held at the Hamburg Art Association, in collaboration with Bettina Steinbrügge. Together with Elena Sorokina, she has founded an Initiative for Practices and Visions of Radical Care. Finally, with Patricia Falguières and Elisabeth Lebovici, she directs the Something You Should Know seminar at the EHESS in Paris.

Hervé Bachelez

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Philippe Vergne

Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal)

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Philippe Vergne has been director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto since April 2019. From 2014 to 2018, he was director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he spent five years overseeing the DIA Foundation in New York, after serving as deputy director and chief curator of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. From 1994 to 1997, Philippe Vergne was director of the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Marseille (MAC).