A symposium on photography residencies in France
On October 10 of last year, the auditorium of the Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse was the site of the launch of Résidence 1 + 2. The brainchild of the photographer Philippe Guionie, member of the Myop agency, this new photographic residency program aims to offer multiple perspectives on photography and engage in a dialog with different European cities.
For the occasion, the Toulouse photographer had invited a number of prominent figures in the field of photography. The daylong conference on the specificities of residencies in France called for speakers with a variety of backgrounds: heads of art centers and museum directors, photographers (Mat Jacob from Tendance Floue; and Ida Jakobs and Israel Ariño from VU), as well as editors. Everyone shared his or her respective experience of the diverse activities conducted around the country.
Following the presentations by the three guest photographers, toward the close of the day, Philippe Guionie revealed the names of the upcoming residents. The first residency is going to honor women. Diane Lui was selected as this year’s experienced photographer who is going to “nurture” two emerging talents (maximum age 28): Alice Lévêque, a recent graduate of the École supérieure de photographie et de game design in Toulouse (ETPA) and a very young photographer Léa Patrix (aged 16).
Three cities, three photographers, and three generations. This is the guiding principle of “1 + 2”: developing a photographic dialog between Toulouse and two other European cities. Brussels and Barcelona are going to take the lead. To start with, there is going to be an exhibition, a book publication by the Éditions Filigranes, and a residency film.
Between a workshop and a creative residency, “1 + 2” will span six weeks, from January 4 to February 16, 2016.
While Philippe Guionie’s idea has been motivated by the desire to document la Ville Rose (the “Pink City,” as Toulouse has been nicknamed for the color of its architecture), and lend it a broader photographic aura, his long-term dream is the creation of a photographic collection specific to Toulouse and the surrounding areas. Why not also go beyond the field of photography and make a foray into dance, science, etc.?
Chalon-sur-Saône, musée Nicéphore Nièpce : Résidence BMW. Since 2011. François Cheval
Villa Pérochon, Centre d’art contemporain photographique de Niort – Patrick Delat
Diaphane, Pôle photographique en Picardie (Beauvais) – Fred Boucher
Centre d’art Gwinzegal, Guingamp – Jérôme Sother
Fotograficasa, Corse – Pascal Dolémieux et Rita Scalia
Festival « Portrait(s) », Vichy – Fany Dupêchez
Festival Images Singulières, Sète – Gilles Favier
Festival L’Oeil Urbain, Corbeil-Essonnes – Elisabeth Hébert
Editions Le Bac en l’air – Fabienne Pavia
Editions Filigranes – Patrick Le Bescont