Pernod Ricard and Villa Vassilieff announced the selected 2020 Pernod Ricard Fellows: Jumana Emil Abboud, Jimena Croceri, Christian Nyampeta, Iki Yos Piña Narváez & Jota Mombaça.
The 2020 Pernod Ricard Fellows were selected by an international Artistic Committee composed of: Colette Barbier (Director, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, France), Bernard Blistène (Director MNAM CCI — Centre Pompidou, Paris, France), Manuel Borja-Villel (Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain), Mélanie Bouteloup (Director, Bétonsalon — Centre d’art et de recherche & Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France), Patrick D. Flores (Professor, University of the Philippines Department of Art Studies and Curator, Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines), Bill Kouélany (Artist & Artistic Director, Les Ateliers Sahm, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo), Jochen Volz(Director, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil).
Jumana Emil Abboud (1971, Palestine/Canada) During her stay, Abboud will expand on her research on the place of water as a source of story, past and present, fable and real. She will follow stories of water across France, tapping into its materiality and value, through visits and exchanges with people, museums, libraries and landscapes in order to translate the teachings surrounding water through the production of visual art in various mediums.
Jimena Croceri (1981, Argentina) For the fellowship, Croceri will develop a research project around the figure of Jonier Marin (1946), a Colombian artist and heterodox, self-exiled to Europe in the ’70s and a resident of Paris since 1989. She is also interested in the performative and the exchange aspect of postal art, seeing it as a disruptive space all through means and gestures that are truly simple. The research goes hand in hand with her own works interest: It is not about monumental, precise or permanent results. These artists explored mail as art objects, from the everyday, collaborative, subjected to chance, and susceptible to noise in this channel of one-to-one messages. During her residency, the work of Jonier Marin could become a starting point for further research into other artists working in mail art, possibly revealing unknown relations and contributions to this performative practice in Paris.
Christian Nyampeta (1981, Rwanda/Netherlands) Nyampeta’s residency will be organized through three related components. First, a working period in which a scriptorium will support the English translation of the writing of contemporary Rwandan philosopher Isaie Nzeyimana. Second, a public programme organised as an evening school for staging dialogues, screenings, and listening sessions. And third, a visiting programme to consult archives, translators, writers, artists, and theorists.
Iki Yos Piña Narváez (1984, Venezuela) & Jota Mombaça (1991, Brazil) As a duo, Narváez and Mombaça want to develop a project titled Black El Dorado. It is a research-based project focused on the delirium of El Dorado, rooted in the colonial thirst for extraction (stands for the geological dimension of colonization) and on the inconsistencies of these white regimes. Narváez and Mombaça are interested in ways of reading colonial narratives through its gaps. They want to learn through the radical fugitivity of Piryte (Fool’s Gold), read as an anticolonial talisman by both artists. Stemming from this interest, they want to investigate the relationship between the displacement of rocks and the dispossessive totalizing gestures of modern colonialism and enslavement.
Villa Vassilieff & The Pernod Ricard Fellowship is an art center located in a historic alleyway of the Montparnasse neighborhood. Villa Vassilieff was established in the old studio of Marie Vassilieff, a Russian artist close with Picasso, Modigliani and important figures of the European avant-garde of the 20th century. Today, Villa Vassilieff is an exhibition and coworking space supported by Pernod Ricard. Intended to promote the international art scene, Villa Vassilieff is a place of conviviality linked with the Parisian cultural life where international artists and researchers are hosted in residency through the Pernod Ricard Fellowship.
The Pernod Ricard Fellowship is a residency program founded in 2016 as a result of Pernod Ricard’s historic commitment to artists. A one of a kind residency, the Pernod Ricard Fellowship allows for an extensive research period without any obligation for the creation of artwork. It also offers the residents tailored appointments in the biggest Parisian cultural institutions.
Former and ongoing Pernod Ricard Fellows (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019): Andrea Ancira (curator and researcher, Mexico), Ernesto Oroza (artist, USA/Cuba), Zheng Bo (artist, China), Sojung Jun (artist, South Korea), Ndidi Dike (artist, Nigeria), Koki Tanaka (artist, Japan), Samit Das (artist and art historian, India), Mercedes Azpilicueta (artist, Argentina), Beto Shwafaty (artist, Brazil), Nikolay Smirnov (artist, geographer, curator, Russia), Yto Barrada & Mohamed Larbi Rahhali (artists, Morocco), Newell Harry (artist, Australia), Patricia Belli (artist, Nicaragua), Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (artist and curator, Kenya), Michelle Wun Ting Wong (curator and researcher, China) and Ingela Ihrman (artist, Sweden).