Residency program Art Explora – Cité Internationale des arts

The Art Explora  Foundation together with Cité internationale des arts collaborate to co-construct a unique program for French and international artists and researchers. The first residency session will begin in March 2021.

Call for applications

The partnership is located on the site of Montmartre, a stone’s throw from the Sacré-Cœur, in Paris. Since 1971, la Cité internationale des arts is developing residency programs with a capacity of 40 studios in 8 different buildings located in a parc. In this area, la Villa Radet is a place gathering working studios and exhibition spaces.

The 2020 selection committee is composed by : Vinciane Despret, Koyo Kouoh, Christine Macel, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez et Philippe Vergne.

Applications for the first edition are closed since November 6th. The jury will meet at the end of November to select the winners.

© Maurine Tric for Cité internationale des arts

Residency programs

20 residents will be selected each year within two programs :

  • SOLO program only for artists : residency of 6 months.
  • DUO program for a collaboration between a researcher and an artist : residency of 3 months.

Residents will have to present a project that questions the art/science links on the theme of scientific exploration and technological exploration by promoting emerging art scenes.


Both programs are open to artists and researchers of all nationalities, with no age limit. Eligible artists are those who can justify a minimum of five years of professional activity.

Eligible artistic disciplines are : visual arts, performing arts, digital art.

Eligible areas of research are: humanities, social sciences, sciences, technological innovation & sustainable development, art criticism & exhibition curating.

We are looking for profiles who think about tomorrow’s world by taking into account the social and ecological challenges of our societies.

The studios

Art Explora have 8 housing studios on the site and a living space available for all the residents.

Every resident will benefit from :

  • A 6-month residency for artists in the SOLO program ; a 3-month residency for artists and researchers in the DUO program
  • A housing studio of about 50m2, fully equipped and furnished
  • A grant of 1,000 euros per month
  • A production grant of up to 3,000 euros, delivered according to the specificities of the project.
  • A round trip paid by the foundation
© Maurine Tric for Cité internationale des arts
© Maurine Tric for Cité internationale des arts


During his or her residency, the artist and/or researcher will be asked to participate in the life of the site: he or she will take part in meetings with the public (schools, associations), studio visits by art professionals, workshops, conferences or any other activity that enhances the value of his or her practice and allows it to be known to the greatest number of people.

A restitution of the residency project will be considered in accordance with the project, the format and the artistic discipline.

The selection committee

The selection committee is made up of leading figures from the world of art and research.

Vinciane Despret

Philosopher of sciences, Professor at the University of Liège and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Philosopher and psychologist Vinciane Despret teaches in the Liège University Philosophy department. Her passionate interest in ethology led her to choose it as her research topic. In Naissance d’une théorie éthologique : la danse du cratérope écaillé/Birth of an Ethological Theory : The Dance of the Arabian Babbler, she went on to relate her first fieldwork with birds in 1996. Other publications were to follow, including Bêtes et Hommes/Beasts and Men (after the exhibition of the same name at the Grande Halle de la Villette in 2007-2008 for which she was Scientific Curator); Etre bête/Being beastly, co-written with Jocelyne Porcher, Les faiseuses d’histoires/Historymakers with Isabelle Stengers and; Penser comme un rat; Que diraient les animaux si on leur posait les bonnes questions ?/Thinking like a rat; what would animals tell us if we asked them the right questions? Her latest book, Living as birds, looks at the question of territories. The common thread throughout her research is the question of how to do research well : how do we succeed (or fail) in our efforts to make living beings interesting ?

© Sylvère Petit

Koyo Kouoh

Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA (South Africa)

Appointed the executive director and chief curator at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town in March 2019, the Cameroonian-born Koyo Kouoh has already made a significant impression, launching an ambitious programme of symposia, summits and special commissions as well as overseeing a survey by Nigerian-born Otobong Nkanga’s first exhibition in South Africa. Previously, Kouoh was the artistic director of RAW Material Company, an exhibition space, artists’ residency and centre for critical education in Dakar that was founded by Kouoh in 2008. As an independent curator, Kouoh has organised exhibitions internationally – including a touring group show of works by African women artists, including Nkanga and Tracey Rose, that debuted at Wiels, Brussels in 2015; the 37th EVA International in Limerick in 2016; and ‘Dig Where You Stand’, an exploration of colonial histories as represented through objects from the collections of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, in 2018. Kouoh also served on the curatorial teams for Documenta 12 and 13 (2007/12) and has written and published numerous critical works, including the upcoming Breathing Out of School : The RAW Académie and Condition Report on Art History in Africa ; both co-edited with Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi and al.

© Zeitz MOCAA

Christine Macel

Chief Curator. Head of the Contemporary Art and Prospective Creation Department at the Pompidou Centre National Arts Museum (France)

Since 2000, art historian and exhibition curator Christine Macel has been Head Curator of the Contemporary Art and Prospective Creation Department at the Pompidou Centre, where she has held numerous exhibitions. She was director of the 2017 Venice Art Biennial, ‘Viva Arte Viva’. Her essay, “Le Temps Pris/Taking Time”, was published in 2020 by Editions Champs d’art Flammarion. She was joint Curator of “Global (e) Resistance” at the Pompidou Centre in 2020 and is currently preparing the “Elles font l’abstraction/Women in abstraction” exhibition at the Pompidou Centre (May 2021) and the Bilbao Guggenheim (October 2020).

© Jean-Claude Planchet

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London (UK)

Hans Ulrich Obrist b. 1968, Zürich, Switzerland is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show ‘World Soup (The Kitchen Show)’ in 1991, he has curated more than 300 exhibitions. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is a contributing editor to Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers D’Art, and 032C; and he writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. In 2011 he received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts.

© Tyler Mitchell

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez

Interdependent curator, editor and writer

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez is an interdependent curator, editor and writer. Among the exhibitions she curated are Contour Biennale 9 : Coltan as Cotton (2019, à Malines), Defiant Muses : Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France (1970s-1980s) at LaM, Lille and Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid (2019, with Giovanna Zapperi), Show me your archive and I will tell you who is in power at Kiosk, Ghent (2017, with Wim Waelput), Let’s Talk about the Weather at the Sursock Museum, Beirut and Times Museum, Guangzhou (2016 and 2018, with Nora Razian), Resilience. U3 – Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia at MSUM, Ljubljana (2013). She was co-director of Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2010–12). She is the chief editor of Versopolis Review, and was chief editor of the Manifesta Journal (2012-14) L’Internationale Online (2014-2017). She curates the project Not Fully Human, Not Human At All, organized by KADIST, Paris (2017-2020), whose final exhibition will take place at the Kunstverein in Hamburg in October 2020, co-curated with Bettina Steinbrügge. She is co-founder of the Initiative for practices and visions of radical care, with Elena Sorokina. Together with Patricia Falguières and Elisabeth Lebovici, she runs the seminar Something You Should Know at the EHESS, Paris.

© Hervé Bachelez

Philippe Vergne

Director of the Serralves Foundation (Portugal)

Philippe Vergne has been serving as director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, since April 2019. He was director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) from 2014 to 2018. Prior to his appointment at MOCA, Vergne served for five years as director of the Dia Art Foundation, New York. Before his tenure at the Dia Foundation, Vergne was Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. From 1994 to 1997, Vergne was Director of the MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, France.


Applications for the first edition are closed.

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Call for applications for the 2020 edition.


  • Septembrer 22th 2020 : launch of the call for applications
  • November 6th 2020 : end of the call for applications
  • End of november 2020 : meeting of the selection committee
  • Beginning of december 2020 : notification of results
  • March 2021 : beginning of the SOLO and DUO residencies

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