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¡ Viva Villa ! Back to the experience : David De Beyter – Julien Guinand – Tadashi Ono


David De Beyter

David De Beyter born in 1985, is a French photographer who lives and works in Tourcoing. His approach to photography is both conceptual and documentary and explores the boundaries between reality and fiction. His artistic work is mainly based on the concept of the practice (s) of the landscape, he questions through the installations on display the different status of the image. In his latest project, Big Bangers, he develops more anthropological concerns and opens his artistic work on the filmed image, but also on installation and sculpture, thus refining his reflection and his artistic proposals around the notion of obsolescence.


DISCOVERY PRIZE ARLES 2019 Group show – Rencontres d’Arles – 1st of July – 22nd of September 2019

UNSEEN AMSTERDAM Group show – Art Fair – Westergas Klonneplein Amsterdam – 20 – 22 Sept 2019

AUF KOLLISION Group show – Kunstverein – Ingolstadt (Germany) – Nov 8 – Jan 20 2020



The Viva Villa festival began with rich moments of exchange at the Casa de Velázquez around all my work with curators Cécile Debray and Federico Nicolao. The preparation of this exhibition was well upstream and was built in the form of an accompaniment of the curators. We have chosen to put in perspective the reading of my work “The Skeptics” started last year at the Casa de Velasquez – project also nominated this summer for the Discovery Award of the Rencontres d’Arles – by also presenting the exhibition of photographs from my work “Concrete Mirrors” 2010-2016. The festival was a moment of meetings with professionals, I think in particular here of Pascal Neveux (director of Frac Paca) and a screening session of my films organized at Frac Paca followed by an exchange with the curator Emilie Flory . I greatly appreciated the quality and all the conferences that took place during this festival week and the meetings with the artists of the Medici Villas and Kujoyama. – David De Beyter


Julien Guinand / Tadashi Ono: Photography

Tadashi Ono, in duo with Julien Guinand, explored rural Japan to photograph the contemporary landscape marked by the various structures of civil engineering.

In order to create a visual dialogue with the work of Julien GUINAND who captures the scenes in the mountainous South West, Tadashi ONO documents the coastal landscape of Tohoku, the northeastern region of the country devastated by the 2011 tsunami, where the construction of gigantic dikes is underway. It offers a reflection on the relationship that Japan of the 21st century has with the maritime environment.

Their work will be exhibited at Villa Noailles (Hyères) in November 2019 as part of the international conference organized by the University of Toulon.


Tadashi Ono

The 2018 edition of ¡Viva Villa! proposed a rich and interesting panorama (but sometimes uneven …) on all the productions of the three villas. This allowed me to get a more precise idea of ​​the actuality and specificity of the contemporary creation of the various disciplines represented.

It was interesting to be able to situate my work among the presented creations and think about where I can go in terms of future production.

Regarding a possible “particularity” of each villa, contrary to what I thought at first, I had the impression (once the memories “rested”) that the projects presented are not so much attached the geographical and cultural specificity of each villa – with the possible exception of the villa Kujoyama. – Tadashi Ono


Julien Guinand

¡Viva Villa! was a positive way to get to know other artists better from other residential homes. I knew their work but I did not necessarily meet them before. I could feel that there was a kind of “family spirit” surrounding each of the 3 residences, this is of course due to the strong experiences lived abroad for several months between the artists.

And also a kind of “line” or specificity related to each residence (of course because of the different territory of each). I found the artists of Villa Kujoyama had very good level!

I had the pleasure to meet my resident friends from Villa Kujoyama, Tadashi of course with whom I work regularly but also the designers and musicians with whom I have made a strong friendship since Villa Kujoyama in 2017.

The city – Marseille – was a good idea, to decentralize this type of event is always appreciable. If the place – not being a “pure” exhibition space – could for some people be quite complicated, the room in which Tadashi and I were presented was perfect.

I still remember the fascinating lectures and the performance concert by Frédéric Blondy. – Julien Guinand


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