Beyond the Frame: Image in Action
presented in partnership with
Paris College of Art and Mémoire de l’Avenir
With France known as the birthplace of photography, thanks to French inventors Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre, Paris is the most important historical hub for lens-based image-makers.
Photography not only tracks movement and light, but offers a way to see, look, criticize, witness, learn, investigate, inform, state, distract, compose, propose, apply, act and get involved. A multidisciplinary arena between the fields of arts, science, communication, and documentation, photography often proposes a point of view, and therefore generate new ways of seeing, manipulated perceptions that can reflect opinions, feelings, and impressions —infinite points of view on the humanity. Beyond the Frame – Image in Action aims to pose questions on the role and the responsibilities of an image within today’s global society.
The Photography Research Residency, one of L’AiR Arts’s innovative programs, is designed to allow participants to situate their creative practice within historical and contemporary Parisian contexts.
The immersive two-week program offers a stimulating experience of intercultural exchange, research, and professional development. Participants will have the opportunity to build lasting connections with their fellow residents, while also expanding their network of Paris-based arts practitioners, visiting relevant organizations, and presenting their work locally.
To better understand the historical context of the contemporary art scene, residents will tour artistic Montparnasse, following the steps of iconic photographers, such as Man Ray, Brassai and Lee Miller, and visit relevant institutions, such as Maison Européenne de la Photo, Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson and Maison Doisneau in Gentilly. Residents will visit the most important institutions for contemporary photography in Paris, including Le Bal and Jeu de Paume, as well as commercial galleries such as Polka, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Galerie Camera Obscura, Galerie Binome, and Les Douches.
The residency also provides an opportunity for professional development and skill-sharing by offering access to photo labs and schools such as Paris College of Art, as well as visiting studios of Paris-based photographers. Artists will have the chance to work with analog and digital photography, as well as alternative processes. Workshops on specific topics will be offered by local professionals. Curators will facilitate group discussions and offer opportunities for individual portfolio readings and mentorship.
At the end of the residency, artists will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Mémoire de l’Avenir gallery, located in the center of Belleville, a prominent contemporary art district of Paris. During the opening reception, participants will be invited to present their work and engage in further discussion with local public and industry professionals.
Residency: June 16 – 30 (two weeks)
Exhibition: June 27 – August 29 (Opening June 26)
Photography Research Residency includes:
- Accommodation in either a private or shared room (based on preferences and availability)
- Flexible meal plan: buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner of traditional French cuisine (with a to-go option)
- Welcoming and closing dinner / reception at a historic restaurant or an artistic venue
- Professional development programme (visits, meetings and other facilitated group activities co-hosted with our program partners)
- Access to Photography lab
- Group Exhibition at the Mémoire de l’Avenir (partner gallery)
- Portfolio readings and discussion session with curators
- Support for artists to encourage integration and intercultural exchange
- Exposure on L’AiR Arts website and social media
- Access to the Centre’s facilities including, plenty of common areas, cafe, an outdoor terrace and garden, laundry facility, meeting rooms and internet access (wifi) for personal laptops
- Paris Museum Pass and/or entry ticket to a current major art event/fair
- Paris metro tickets
As part of the exhibition, the Mémoire de l’Avenir offers:
- Curation and scenography of the exhibition and events
- Design of an exhibition catalog – in digital format free of artists rights
- Communication tools (press release, flyers, invitations)
- Press relations
- Interactive preview with happening / performance
- Public reception and mediation throughout the exhibition (Monday to Saturday 11am – 7pm)
Note: the gallery does not take any percentage of art sales.
Application and Selection Process
The program is open to professional artists at any stage in their career, who use photography as the primary medium of their artistic practice. Arts professionals, curators and art historians, who specialize in photography are also invited to apply. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their application, and its relevance to current discourse on photography.
Submissions from all countries are welcome, but an intermediate level of English is required in order to understand and interact with others on the program.
Applications are reviewed by a panel of international and Paris-based arts professionals. The selection process includes an open call application and panel process, nominations and invitations.
Application deadline: February 15, 2020