Open Call: Fondation Fiminco, Curators
Deadline: 08 December 2022
Presentation of the Foundation
The Fondation Fiminco has rehabilitated a former industrial site in Romainville to turn it into a space
that acts as a resource for international artists and curators. Designed above all for artists, this place provides them with spaces, tools, and professional support to create a working environment that encourages exchange between different artforms and the expansion of their practice. With production workshops for construction, ceramics, 3D printing, engraving, silk screen, photography, video, and graphics, the Fondation Fiminco residency is a genuine hub of contemporary creation.
The aim of the Foundation is not to build up and display a collection, but to support the residents throughout their creative process, accompanying their professional and artistic development.
By relying on the multidisciplinary nature of art forms and research, the Fondation Fiminco also intends to create connections between different art scenes and offer curators in residence the opportunity to situate their work in other creative contexts.
This unique place currently houses the Fondation Fiminco’s international artists’ residence, exhibition spaces, seven contemporary art galleries – Air de Paris, Galerie Sator, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Maëlle Galerie, Galerie D., and Quai 36—the audiovisual production company Gingerlemon, the gallery bookshop and design and book-making workshop Laurel Parker Book, a campus of the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, as well as the printing house Après Midi Lab and the Frac Île-de-France’s storage. The site also houses the Compagnie Blanca Li dance studio.
Opened in October 2019, the site is spread over 11,000 m² with five separate buildings, including a 14-metre high boiler room that has become an exhibition space. In the coming months, Europe’s largest cultural district will become a reality. The 35,000 m² extension, which is currently being renovated and built, will welcome several new cultural partners, combining the visual arts with the performing arts. Artists, musicians, dancers, actors, students, and residents will come together there, in a creative energy constantly drawing from the multiplicity of disciplines, the search for excellence, and the desire to pass on knowledge and expertise.
As a highlight, a 600-seat theatre will be built and will become one of the emblems of this district.
WHO CAN APPLY?
The Fondation Fiminco is launching an open call for international curators for a 3-month curatorial residency based in Romainville (Seine-SaintDenis).
Two residency periods are on offer:
1) mid-January to mid-April 2023
2) mid-April to mid-July 2023
The residency programme is open to curators living in France and abroad, with no age limit, who can demonstrate an emerging or established professional career.
This call is part of the dynamic of the Fondation Fiminco’s artist residency programme, which hosts 12 international artists concurrently for 11 months, from September 2022 to July 2023, as well as oneoff residency programmes in collaboration with institutional partners around the world.
SCREENING AND SELECTION
A jury composed of professionals from the world of art and culture, as well as representatives of the Fondation Fiminco, will make a shortlist of candidates based on their applications. The shortlisted curators will then be invited for an interview in person or by videoconference in early December.
December 8th, 2022 at midnight: Deadline for sending the application file
Early December 2022: Jury and interviews of shortlisted candidates
Mid-December 2022: Announcement of the successful candidates
Mid-January–mid-April 2023: First curatorial residency slot
Mid-April–mid-July 2023: Second curatorial residency slot
The application can be written in English or French and must be exported as a single PDF file.
Applicants should indicate their preferred period of residency: mid-January to mid-April 2023 or mid-April to mid-July 2023.
The application must be sent by e-mail to the following address: email@example.com before midnight on december 8th, 2022
Your application should be in the following order:
(if the application does not contain these elements, it will not be considered):
1/ CV in which candidates should mention their educational and professional background (maximum 2 pages).
2/ A letter of intent presenting the research project and programming ideas that the candidates wish to implement during the 3-month residency.
Applicants are encouraged to propose a project in relation with the local area and its audience (institutions, associations, communities), and researchers based in the department of Seine-SaintDenis and in Paris (2 pages maximum).