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The “Art Explora – Cité internationale des arts” residency programme

Launched in2021, the Art Explora - Cité internationale des arts residency programme gives artists and researchers from all over the world the opportunity to engage in research and creative work in the heart of Paris, in collaboration withFrench artists and professionals. It encourages creation in all its forms, disseminating it to the largest possible public. The residents’ work focuses on the theme of scientific and technological exploration and confronts the major social and environmental issues of our time.

The different residency programmes

Around 20residents are selected each year to participate in two types of programmes:

SOLO programme

A six-month SOLO residency programme for artists. (2 sessions pear year)

DUO programme

A three-month DUO programme for a collaboration between a researcher and an artist . (4 sessions pear year)

Who can join the residency programme ?

Both programmes are open to artists and researchers of all nationalities, without age limit, who can demonstrate a minimum of five years of professional experience.

Eligible artistic disciplines include the visual arts, performance arts, and digital arts. Eligible research areas include the humanities, social sciences, technological innovation, sustainable development, art criticism, and curating.

The studios in Montmartre

Each resident will be provided with

- a furnished studio flat of approximately 50m2

- a living allowance of 1000 euros per month

- a production grant of 3000 euros for their project


Residents announcement : April 2022 for the 2022 second session (September 2022 to February 2023)
Open call for 2023 applications: October 2022

2022 selection committee

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Diana Campbell Betancourt

Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator, Dhaka Art Summit (USA & Bangladesh)

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Diana Campbell Betancourt is an American curator who has been working in South and Southeast Asia since 2010, primarily in India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. She is committed to fostering a transnational art world, and her plural and long-range vision addresses the concerns of underrepresented regions and artists alongside the more established in manifold forums. 

Since 2013, she has served as the Founding Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, leading the critically acclaimed 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 editions. She has developed the Dhaka Art Summit into a leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators, and writers from across South Asia through a largely commission based model. Concurrent to her work in Bangladesh from 2016-2018, Campbell Betancourt was also the Founding Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines, a non-profit international residency and exhibition programme with sites in Manila and Bataan.

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Vinciane Despret

Philosopher of sciences and professor, University of Liège and ULB, Belgium

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Philosopher and psychologist Vinciane Despret teaches in the Liège University Philosophy department. Her passionate interest in ethology led her to choose it as her research topic. In “Naissance d’une théorie éthologique : la danse du cratérope écaillé/Birth of an Ethological Theory: The Dance of the Arabian Babbler”, she went on to relate her first fieldwork with birds in 1996. Other publications were to follow, including “Bêtes et Hommes/Beasts and Men”, (after the exhibition of the same name at the Grande Halle de la Villette in 2007-2008 for which she was Scientific Curator); “Etre bête/Being beastly”, co-written with Jocelyne Porcher, “Les faiseuses d’histoires/Historymakers” with Isabelle Stengers and “Penser comme un rat;  Que diraient les animaux si on leur posait les bonnes questions?/Thinking like a rat; what would animals tell us if we asked them the right questions?” Her latest book, “Habiter en oiseaux/Living as birds”, looks at the question of territories. The common thread throughout her research is the question of how to do research well: how do we succeed (or fail) in our efforts to make living beings interesting?

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Christine Macel

General Heritage Curator Head of the Contemporary Art and Prospective Creation Department at the Pompidou Centre National Arts Museum, France

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

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Simon Njami

Curator and artistic director, Dakar Biennale, Cameroon & Switzerland

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Simon Njami is a Paris-based independent curator, lecturer, art critic and novelist. Njami was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Revue Noire, a journal of contemporary African and extra-occidental art. He has served as artistic director of the first Johannesburg art fair in 2008, the Bamako photography biennale for ten years and the Dak’art Biennale (2016-2018). He co-curated the first African pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. He also curated Afriques Capitales (Paris, Lille 2017), African Metropolis (Maxxi 2018), The Studio (Kampala Biennale 2019), This space between us (Las Palmas 2020), Materia Prima (San Giminiano 2021), amongst others.

Njami has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and photography, including Africa Remix (2004-2007) and the first African Art Fair, held in Johannesburg in 2008. In 1998, he created the Pan African master classes in photography, with the Goethe Institut and directed it over 12 years, and set up the collection of contemporary art for the Memorial Acte museum in Guadeloupe. He published and edited numerous books among which the latest Stories Histories, the story of Revue noire (2020).

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Hans Ulrich Obrist

Artistic director, Serpentine Galleries, UK

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Hans Ulrich Obrist b. 1968, Zürich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show ‘World Soup (The Kitchen Show)’ in 1991, he has curated more than 300 exhibitions.


Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is a contributing editor to Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers D'Art, and 032C; he is a regular contributor to Mousse and Kaleidoscope and he writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. In 2011 he received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts.

His 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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Philippe Vergne

Director, Serralves Foundation, Portugal & France

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Philippe Vergne has been serving as director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, since April 2019. He was director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) from 2014 to 2018. Prior to his appointment at MOCA, Vergne served for five years as director of the Dia Art Foundation, New York. Before his tenure at the Dia Foundation, Vergne was Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. From 1994 to 1997, Vergne was Director of the MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, France.

Philippe Vergne dirige le musée d’art contemporain de Serralves, à Porto, depuis avril 2019. De 2014 à 2018, Il a été directeur du musée d’art contemporain de Los Angeles (MOCA). Auparavant, il a tenu les rênes, cinq ans durant, de la fondation DIA à New York, après avoir été directeur adjoint et conservateur en chef du Walker Art Center de Minneapolis.<br/>De 1994 à 1997, Philippe Vergne a assuré la direction du musée d’art contemporain de Marseille (MAC).