Artists' residencies in the USA
Art Explora partnered with Villa Albertine, a residency program and cultural institution launched in fall 2021 and anchored in 10 cities across the United States.
The inaugural season of Villa Albertine, the fourth French Villa abroad, kicked off in November 2021. Launched in 10 American cities, this cultural institution hosted more than 80 residents through December 2022.
To capture the vastness and diversity of the United States and to respond to contemporary creators’ evolving needs, Villa Albertine breaks with the traditional residency model of a single building in a single city. Spanning the United States, the Villa sets out to forge a new creative community through exploratory residencies that are uniquely adapted to the needs of each resident.
Villa Albertine benefits from the steadfast support of the Art Explora Foundation.
Art Explora and Villa Albertine share the goals of reinventing artistic mobility and nurturing engagement with the great issues of our time.
A visionary in the field of access and innovation in the arts, Art Explora supports the development of eight thematic VillaAlbertine residencies across four geographic hubs:
- In Miami, residencies will focus on the theme of environmental emergencies
- in Los Angeles and New YorkCity, residencies will focus on the theme of new creative and digital industries
- In Houston and Marfa, residencies will focus on astronomy
Co-curated with Art Explora, 8 French creators – an astronomer, a poet, and plastic and multidisciplary artists– participated in Villa Albertine residencies.
Co-directors of the Ballet national de MarseilleLearn more
Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel
Co-directors of the Ballet national de Marseille
In residence in New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA
This collective is the work of three artists. Together, they create choreographic pieces, performances, and films for the Ballet national de Marseille for which they serve as co-directors. Their goal is to explore the extraordinary richness of contemporary depiction of bodies, on social media, in the public sphere, and on the stage. Filmmaking will play a key role, because images provide a radically different perspective on the human body, and because they help break down the barriers between dance and other disciplines. For (LA)HORDE, going back to LosAngeles means returning to a vibrant city which reminds them of Marseille, a city where so many incredible films and works of art were conceived. It will give them the opportunity to meet new collaborators “with whom [they] can dream and invent authentic physical stories,” and to imagine a whole world of possibilities for future creations.
In partnershipwith Art Explora, Ballet national de Marseille
Credit: Olivier Metzger
In residence in Houston and Marfa, TX
Over the past several years, Dove Allouche has been working on a project born of his many collaborations with scientists. During his residency, he will explore the history of the first cosmic pre-biotic molecules, one of the preferred theories used to explain the appearance of life. What is the creative process that allowed life on Earth to originate from inert matter? How does one use inert matter to create works whose only meaning derives from their very existence? In Marfa, Texas, an ideal location for observing the heavens, Allouche will begin new research paths in astrobiology to produce lab images derived from organic samples.
In partnership with Art Explora, Les Beaux-Arts de Paris
Credits: L-Alanine / © Dove Allouche – SynchrotronSoleil, CNRS, CEA Paris-Saclay
Plastic artistLearn more
In residence in Miami, FL
French-Moroccan artist Hicham Berrada’s installations are a subtle blend of art and science, modifying an environment’s physical factors (pH of water, temperature, brightness, air pressure), to create the conditions needed for the plastic result he seeks. In Miami, Berrada will continue his research into morphogenesis, the study of the laws that determine shapes in nature. He will study flower corals, the shape of which blurs the boundary between animal, mineral, and plant. He will also focus on a new coral species resistant to pollution, resulting from the hybridization of two endangered species, and meet with researchers.
In partnership with Art Explora, Lafayette Anticipations
Plastic artistLearn more
In residence inMiami, FL
Mimosa Echard is interested in the creation of hybrid ecosystems where living and inanimate matter, and human and non-human life forms, coexist. Her works explore areas of contact and contamination between organic objects and consumer products, which our cultural conventions may perceive as ambivalent or even contradictory. InMiami, a city frenetically constructing on the water, she intends to explore the cultural, social, and political layers that comprise this contrasting urban space: protected and destroyed natural areas, brand new buildings and shopping malls, maze-like residential areas, and ultra-secure luxury villas.
In partnership with Art Explora, Palais de Tokyo
Fatoumata Kebe holds a PhD in astronomy from La Sorbonne. She specializes in the study of space environment. Her research involves quantifying the impact of space activities on astronomical observations and studying the pollution around the Earth generated by these activities. She is also conducting an entrepreneurial project, “Connected Eco,” on water conservation in the agricultural sector, and she founded the organization, Éphémérides, that teaches astronomy and organizes space-related activities. The aim of the residency will be to produce an audio series that tells the story of the moon rocks that were brought back by the Apollo space missions in 1969–72. A total of 842 pounds of rocks were taken from the Moon, some still sealed by NASA, so future generations of researchers can study them with more advanced technological tools.
Credit: Fatouma Kebe
In residence in Miami, FL
Simone Lagrand, who defines herself as a poet/pawolèz, earned her stripes in Paris in the first decade of the 21st century, especially on the slam scene. Initially using writing and orality to confront her childhood and family history, she began “a lengthy exploration of the notion of pleasure and desire in a postcolonial and, above all, diglossic context”, through which she examined (in Creole from Martinique, in French, and sometimes in English) the major themes of the modern world.Through mangroves, her project, “Tarot littoral,” will explore the way we might identify ecological and cultural issues that are common to Florida and theCaribbean.
In partnership with Art Explora, Tropiques Atrium Scène Nationale
Artist and filmmakerLearn more
In residence inMiami, FL
Armed with a camera and perhaps a few other devices, Ariane Michel frequently seeks close encounters with creatures, plants, and minerals to create paradigm-shifting works. Like a shaman, she uses her films, installations, and performances to rewrite the atlas of the imagination. This new approach to cartography no longer places humankind at the center, inviting us instead to redefine our imaginations and opening up new ways for us to exist in our surroundings. You may have spotted her work at art centers and festivals, in movie theaters and subway corridors, in window displays and places of worship, or even along the shoreline (Marseille’s FID, Art Basel, Paris’ Nuit Blanche, New York’s MoMA).For her residency, Ariane Michel will be getting a first-hand look at mangroves, swamps, the sky, alligators, crabs, and mosquitoes, hoping to capture the Miami thought-scape and reconsider our civilization as one among many others.
In partnership with Art Explora, Musée Gassendi
Credit: Raphaël Krafft
Visual artist, performer and writerLearn more
Visual artist, performer and writer
In residence in LosAngeles, CA
Josèfa Ntjam isa visual artist, performer, and writer whose work is based on the concept of fluidity, connecting biology to mythology and science fiction. Her practice draws on multiple mediums, such as video, installations, sculpture, performance, photomontage, text, and sound.In her Los Angeles residency, supported by the Art Explora Foundation, Ntjam’s main goal is to enrich her video and photo-montage work by exploring the ecosystem of augmented reality, taking us on a journey through her digital landscapes. She will meet with various companies that specialize in cutting-edge technology such as CNIS[RM3]; studios that work with3D animation, AR, and VR; researchers from CalTech; and key members of the local art, music, and poetry scene, such as Dublab Radio.
In partnership with Art Explora, le Palais de Tokyo
Credit: Josèfa Ntjam & Sean Hart, Mélas de Saturne