The artists residencies Art Explora – Cité internationale des arts

The Art Explora foundation, in collaboration with the Cité internationale des arts, welcomes every year about twenty residents, artists and researchers from all over the world. This programme offers the possibility for artists and researchers to carry out research and creation work in the heart of Paris, in connection with the French artistic and professional scene. The residents’ work focuses on the theme of scientific and technological exploration and confronts the major social and environmental issues of our time.

Two programmes are offered

The programme invites candidates to propose a project that questions contemporary issues, including new technologies, the links between art and science, and environmental and social issues.


For artists only, 6-month residency (2 sessions per year)


For a collaboration between an artist and a researcher or scientist, or an artist collective (3-month residencies, 4 sessions per year)

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The programmes are open to artists and researchers of all nationalities, with no age limit. Eligible artists are those who can justify a minimum of five years of professional activity.

In addition to the evaluation of the candidate's professional background, the committee members pay particular attention to the quality of the project, its link with the theme of the residency (art & science, as well as exploration) and the importance of its location in France for the advancement of its research.

- Eligible artistic disciplines: visual arts, performing arts, digital arts.

- Eligible areas of research: humanities, social sciences, sciences, technological innovation & sustainable development, art criticism & curating.

The studios in Montmartre

Each resident will benefit from:

  • A 6-month residency (SOLO programme) or a 3-month residency (DUO programme) at the Cité internationale des arts in Montmartre
  • A studio apartment of about 50m2 (only one double bed), fully equipped and furnished
  • A grant of 1,000 euros per month
  • A production grant of up to 3,000 euros, delivered upon justification
  • A round trip to the residence

NB: Each studio is composed of one bedroom with a double bed, a workspace, a kitchen and a bathroom and can host one resident.


Launch of the call for applications: September 27, 2022
End of the call for applications: November 4, 2022
Notification of results: January 2023 for March 2023 residencies ; May 2023 for September 2023 residencies

2023 selection committee

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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 Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. She was KADIST Lead Curator for Latin America from 2016 to 2019, and curated the Mexican Pavilion for the 58 Venice Biennial (Pablo Vargas Lugo, Acts of God, 2019). She was Chief Curator at Museo Jumex between 2011 and 2014, and Chief Curator of Museo Tamayo between 2009 and 2011. Arriola has extensively written for books, and catalogues and has contributed to publications such as Art ForumCurareFriezeMousse, Manifesta Journal, and The Exhibitionist, among others.

Photo credit: Pedro Luján. Courtesy Revista Capitel.

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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 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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Emanuele Coccia (Italie)

Philosopher and Associate Professor at EHESS

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Emanuele Coccia is associate  professor at the EHESS in Paris. He is the author of Sensible Life (2010), The Life of Plants (2018), Metamorphosis (2021) and Philosophy of the Home (2023). He has directed animation videos such as Quercus (2019, with Formafantasma), Heaven in Matter (2021, with Faye Formisano) and Portal of Mysteries (2022, with Dotdotdot). He is participating as advisor to several exhibitions. He is writing a four-handed work on the relationship between fashion and philosophy with Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele. 

Photo credit: Frank Perrin.

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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 the current deputy general artistic director of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. She started her career at the Theatre des Amandiers in 1995. She then directed the Soirées Nomades at the Foundation Cartier from 1999 to 2010. In 2011, she joined the direction team of the foundation and has since curated landmark exhibitions such as Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture in 2018 and Trees in 2019.

Photo credit: Valentin Le Cron

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Simon Njami (Cameroon & Switzerland)

Writer, curator, essayist and art critic

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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).

Photo credit: Cyrille Choupas.

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Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland & United Kingdom)

Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries

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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).

Photo credit: Tyler Mitchell

The programme encourages creation in all its forms while facilitating its distribution to the general public, in line with Art Explora’s global mission. Meetings with artists, studio visits, workshops, performances, film screenings, etc. are thus organized. In this respect, the residence opens its doors to the general public in July for the festival Croisements : les rencontres de Montmartre.