The Luma Arles residency is a programme developed by the Luma Foundation within the framework of the creative production and research centre currently under construction in Arles, a city located in the Camargue region in the South of France.
Established in 2016, the residency program invites, all year long, world-renowned artists, thinkers, researchers, writers, curators and other practitioners to conduct research and carry out projects related to their artistic fields.
This programme is taking shape in a thousand-year-old, average-size city with a strong identity whose territory is marked by both a unique natural and historical heritage and a remarkable concentration of cultural activities. Fully integrated into the Parc des Ateliers programme, it is enriched by the diverse fields of research in which it operates, such as contemporary production, the environment, hospitality and education.
Cecilia Bengolea: artist, dancer, performer
Born in 1979 in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Cecilia Bengolea perceives performance as an animated sculpture that allows her to become object and subject simultaneously within her own work. Her practice is translated in video, performance and sculpture. She researches on anthropological community dance forms both contemporary and archaic. She’s particularly interested in composing with nature symbolics and energies , the elements and within a community of close collaborators such as François Chaignaud, Craig Black Eagle, Erika Miyauichi. She lives and works in Paris.
Flora Katz: researcher, curator, art critic
Born in 1984 in Choisy-Le-Roi, France.
Lives and works in Paris.
Since 2015, Flora Katz has been working at the university Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne on a thesis called: Speculative Realisms and Contemporary Art, Possible Aesthetic and Critical Dialogues: Pierre Huyghe. Concurrently with her research, she teaches at the Institute of Higher Art Education in Paris, collaborates with many reviews (Artpress, Mouvement, Cura) and curates exhibitions.
Jakob Kudsk Steensen: artist
Born in 1987 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In his work, this multimedia artist brings past, present and future landscapes and ecosystems to life thanks to his micro and macro view of the environment, and through the lens of virtual reality, based on a long process of research in the field and with specialists in species conservation.
Kiluanji Kia Henda: artist, Frieze Artist Award 2017
Kiluanji Kia Henda was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1979.
He lives and works between Luanda and Lisbon.
Kiluanji Kia Henda questions, and not without humour, the colonial past of Angola, his native country, as well as the history of the African diasporas in Europe and today’s migration tragedy, while tackling the notions of identity, modernity and political engagement in his artistic practice.
Mohamed Bourouissa: artist
(winter 2018-spring 2019)
Mohamed Bourouissa was born in Blida, Algeria, in 1978.
He lives and works in Paris.
Mohamed Bourouissa’s videos, sculptures, photographs and installations have often taken the margins of our society as a starting point. Since his debut, he has been creating a range of super contemporary portraits that try to escape the sociocultural stereotypes of our time, thanks to a constantly renewed collaborative and exchange-driven practice.
Yuri Pattison: artist, Frieze Artist Award 2016
Yuri Pattison was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1986.
He lives and works in London.
Yuri Pattison uses digital technologies, video and sculpture to conduct extensive research on the social and political ramifications of accelerated technology development and visual density in the all-digital age.
Florentina Holzinger: dancer and choreographer
(fall 2018 and spring 2019)
Florentina Holzinger was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1986.
She lives and works between Vienna and Amsterdam.
Florentina Holzinger’s dance pieces are driven by the notion of identity, sexual and physical transgression. Drawing inspiration as much from Viennese Actionism, body art and bodybuilding as from classical ballet, cabaret and even circus, she deconstructs, performance after performance, the very definition of femininity.
Paul B. Preciado: philosopher, writer and curator
Paul B. Preciado was born in Burgos, Spain, in 1970.
He lives and works between Paris and Barcelona.
Paul B. Preciado is a writer, a curator and an internationally recognized figure in the fields of the philosophy of the body, gender studies and sexual politics. His first book, Countersexual Manifesto, became a reference point for queer and transfeminist European activism. He is the author of Testo Junkie. Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics and Pornotopia. He recently published An Apartment on Uranus, a collection of his articles for the French daily newspaper Libération since 2013.
Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou: curators
(October 2017- March 2018)
Respectively born in 1989 and 1988, in Toulouse, France.
They live and work in Paris.
Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou are a curator duo based in Paris. In May 2018, they curated the ‘Cruising Pavilion’ exhibition at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, interrogating the relationship between minority sexual practices and architecture. A second iteration of their curatorial project was exhibited at Ludlow 38, in New York, in February 2019, and the third and last edition took place at ArkDes in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fall of 2019. In September 2018, they were the curators of a group exhibition on neo-liberal baroque at Converso, Milan. They often contribute to magazines such as Flash Art and L’Officiel Art.
Annie Godfrey Larmon: art critic, writer and curator
She lives and works in New York.
Annie Godfrey Larmon is a regular contributor to the American magazine Artforum. She is now writing a book about artists Beverly Pepper and Mary Reid Kelley, as well as her first novel.
Anna Colin: curator
She lives and works in London.
Anna Colin is the co-director of the Open School East in Margate, England – a space dedicated to artistic development and the exchange of knowledge and savoir-faire between artistic and local communities. She is also an associate curator at Lafayette Anticipations –Galeries Lafayette Foundation in Paris.
Peio Aguirre: art critic, artist and writer
Peio Aguirre was born in Elorrio, Spain, in 1972.
He lives and works in San Sebastián.
Peio Aguirre regularly contributes to frieze magazine. As an independent curator, he was in charge of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019 with artists Itziar Okariz and Sergio Prego.
Sohrab Mohebbi: curator
Sohrab Mohebbi was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1981.
He lives and works in New York.
Sohrab Mohebbi is a curator at the Sculpture Center in New York. Since 2018, he has curated solo shows by Jean-Luc Moulène, Banu Cennetoğlu and Fiona Connor. For four years, he was an associate curator at REDCAT, an arts centre related to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Ahmet Öğüt: artist
Ahmet Öğüt was born in Silvan, Diyarbkır, Turkey, in 1981.
He lives and works between Amsterdam and Berlin.
Ahmet Öğüt is constantly seeking to create works that address complex social issues (immigration, demographic problems, the impact of economic activity on everyday life and workers’ re-appropriation of working tools), with a sense of humour that highlights rather than masks the seriousness of their subject matters.
Linda Yablonsky is the author of The Story of Junk: A Novel, as well as an art critic and journalist. Based in New York, she has been covering the international art world for more than 25 years for many publications, including The New York Times and T Magazine, Bloomberg News, Artforum and Artforum.com, The Art Newspaper and W Magazine. She has also contributed critical essays to monographs or exhibition catalogues on artists including Anish Kapoor, Keith Sonnier, Marilyn Minter, Francesco Vezzoli, Elmgreen & Dragset, Mark Morrisroe and James Nares. During her 2017 residency at Luma Arles, she worked on Why Jeff Koons?, the first book to take complete account of the artist's life and career, to be published in the United States by Henry Holt & Co.
(September 2020 - November 2020)
Julie Beaufils was born in France in 1987. She lives and works in Paris.
Julie Beaufils studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, in Paris, and at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, in Los Angeles. She has exhibited in various galleries and institutions such as Balice Hertling, Paris; Mendes Wood DM, São Paolo; the Kunsthalle, Mulhouse; Overduin & Co, Los Angeles; and the Pernot Ricard corporate foundation, Paris, among others.
Nacera Belaza was born in Medea, Algeria, in 1969.
Self-taught, she entered dancing out of vital necessity to express, to utter and to unravel the complexity of the double cultural belonging. It is during the childhood and teenage that from the body constrained and confined by the choc of cultures that emerges spontaneously the language, drawing its row material first of all in itself and then in all that literature will be able to offer.
Nacera Belaza choreographes an internal path, space, the emptiness in oneself, the areas of shadow and light, the vertigo, the repetition. She transforms dance in a vertical introspective diving. Her works explore movement in a peaceful, profound and continous breath, confronting patience, rigor, stripping to "the deafening noise of our existences", rendering gesture its existential utility.
Her work recognized and appreciated by the ministry of culture, receiving officially the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017, the SACD also recognized her work according her the Prix Chorégraphe.
(October 2020 - January 2021)
Constance Debré was born in Paris, France in 1972.
She studied at the Lycée Henri-IV and was a criminal lawyer until 2018.
She has published two novels: Play Boy (Stock, 2018), and Love Me Tender (Flammarion, 2020). As part of her residency at Luma Arles, Constance Debré is working on her next opus. “The work begun in my previous books, which I intend to continue in this way, explores the possibility (?) of being oneself.” It raises the question of the construction of an identity shaped by a double movement, the horizontal movement of narration, as well as the vertical movement of the emancipation of the subject (the narrator) from social, sexual and family identities. Construction, deconstruction, as it were.
(October 2020 - December 2020)
Precious Okoyomon was born in London, United Kingdom, in 1993.
Precious Okoyomon is both a poet and an artist who lives in New York and creates portals to new worlds. Okoyomon had solo shows at the MMK, Frankfurt, this year, and at Luma Westbau, Zurich, in 2019. Their second book But Did U Die? will be published by Serpentine/Wonder Press in 2020.