Curated by: Hou Hanru, Evelyne Jouann
he general secretary and acting director of the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici, Stéphane Gaillard, is pleased to present the annual scholarship exhibition curated by Hou Hanru and Evelyne Jouanno from 24 May to 18 August.
This year, the promotion of the French Academy in Rome counts sixteen fellows: Sasha Blondeau (composer), Miguel Bonnefoy (writer), Rebecca Digne (visual artist), Amalia Finkelstein (writer), Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard - Studio GGSV (designer), Hélène Giannecchini (writer), Lola Gonzàlez (filmmaker and visual artist), François Hébert (filmmaker), Clara Iannotta (composer), Pauline Lafille (art historian), Thomas Lévy-Lasne (painter), Mathieu Lucas (architect - landscape designer), Léonard Martin (visual artist), Lili Reynaud-Dewar (visual artist) and Riccardo Venturi (art historian).
The exhibition brings together the achievements of fellows who work in the broad field of creation, in disciplines as varied as the visual arts , design , architecture , music , cinema , literature and art history .
The set of projects presented is the result of their research and activities during their one-year residency in the Eternal City. Underlining the tension between individual creativity and collective projects, this exhibition proposes transdisciplinary dialogues between creators with the aim of addressing the urgent issues of our times, ranging from the social and environmental crisis to political struggle, passing from the examination of historical memory and realities. local and global, also drawing inspiration from their experiences in Rome and Italy at this particular moment in history.
To respond to these new challenges that our age imposes, but also to the symbol that can evoke the recent fall of the emblematic trees of Villa Medici due to violent winds, the exhibition Si alza il vento intends to open a new space for exchanges and reflections on our common future, through the rich and plural presentation of the fellows' projects.
For the curators, Evelyne Jouanno and Hou Hanru, the fellows "identify themselves with specific shared missions, short but intense - this is demonstrated by this exhibition that concludes their residency and is destined to show not so much individual results and the search for excellence, but above all the effort made to free oneself from certain personal routines, to overcome the usual expressive methods and mediums in favor of experimentation. "
With this exhibition, the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici is positioned as one of the most active and open platforms to experimentation and dialogue in contemporary creation, in Rome and throughout the world.