Pernod Ricard Fellowship
- Interior view of the Pernod Ricard Studio. Image: Aurélien Mole
Pernod Ricard, Villa Vassilieff’s leading sponsor, has joined forces with Villa Vassilieff to create the Pernod Ricard Fellowship: a grant aimed at supporting four international artists, curators and researchers in residence every year.
ThePernod Ricard Fellowship is conceived as a platform for artistic research dedicated to the experimentation of both non-linear models of creation and knowledge distribution between researchers, contemporary artists, cultural institutions, non-profit organizations and the general public.
Selected by an international committee consisting of ten members, the four Pernod Ricard Fellows are invited to spend three months in residency within a refurbished historical studio at the Villa Vassilieff. It is a unique opportunity for these artists and researchers to enhance their vision and to focus on their own work or any other projects. Reflecting the cosmopolitan identity and convivial atmosphere of the former studio of Marie Vassilieff, the Fellows will enjoy bespoke support from researchers and art professionals, along with access to a rich network of institutions in France and abroad, such as the Centre Pompidou (a longstanding partner of Pernod Ricard and Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research) and the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, a partner in the project.
The Pernod Ricard Fellows will also benefit from numerous research programs focusing on unexplored resources, developed by Villa Vassilieff in collaboration with museums, public and private archives, as well as universities and art schools. Lastly, the Fellows will enjoy a dynamic events programme at Villa Vassilieff, offering various options for conducting new investigations and collecting multiple narratives of our globalized world.
Pernod Ricard Fellows 2016
Pernod Ricard Fellows 2017
Koki Tanaka (artist, Japan)
Mercedes Azpilicueta (artist, Netherlands)
Samit Das (artist and curator, India)
Ndidi Dike (artist, Nigeria)
ARTISTIC COMMITTEE 2017
In 2017, the Artistic Committee of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship will be composed of:
Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director, Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Sunjung Kim, Director, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, South Korea
Victoria Noorthoorn, Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sumesh Sharma, Curator & Co-Founder of the Clark House Initiative, Bombay, India
Benjamin Seroussi, Director, Casa do Povo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bisi Silva, Director, CCA, Lagos, Nigeria
Bernard Blistène, Director, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France
Colette Barbier, Director, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, France
Mélanie Bouteloup, Director, Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research & Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France
Virginie Bobin, Head of Programs, Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France
Bernard Blistène is the director of the MNAM-CCI, Paris. In 1983, he was hired by Dominique Bozo at the Centre Pompidou, where he organized his first exhibitions – Christian Boltanski, François Morellet, Ed Ruscha, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol retrospectives. In 1990, he became the director of Musées de Marseille and created the city’s Contemporary Art Museum, which he co-directed until 1996. He organized the first French retrospective dedicated to Basquiat, Ben, Chris Burden, Robert Smithson and Paul Thek. In 1997, he became the co-director of the Musée national d’art moderne. In 2002, he was appointed general inspector of the artistic creation at the Délégation des Arts Plastiques. In 2009, he joined again the Centre Pompidou, as the director of the cultural development department and artistic director of the Nouveau Festival. Meanwhile, he pursued his curatorial activities, keen to rediscover major artistic movements: Fluxus in 2009 and 2010, Lettrisme in 2012…Besides, Bernard Blistène has written numerous books, amongst which Andy Warhol, cinéma (1990), Une histoire de l’art du XXème siècle (2011), and has contributed to numerous catalogues. He held the contemporary art chair at Ecole du Louvre from 1985 to 2005.
Yuko Hasegawa is Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2016 - present) and Professor of Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (2016-present). She was Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006 – 2016), Chief Curator and Founding Artistic Director (1999 - 2006) of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. She is Artistic Director of Inujima Art House Project (2011-present).
She was Curator of 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), Curator for Art Basel in Hong Kong Encounters (2012-2014), Artistic Advisor of 12th Venice Architectural Biennale (2010), Co-Curator of 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), Commissioner of Japanese Pavilion of 50th Venice Biennale (2003), Co-Curator of the 4th Shanghai Biennale (2002) and Artistic Director of the 7th International Istanbul Biennial (2001). She was a member of the Asian Art Advisory Board at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2008 - 2012).
Her recent exhibitions include GLOBALE: New Sensorium Exiting from Failures of Modernization at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2016).
Her publications include ‘Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art,’ Museum of Modern Art, 2010, pp334-351 and ‘Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa: SANAA,’ Phaidon Press, 2006.
Sunjung Kim is the director of the Art Sonje Center, Seoul, and curator of the REAL DMZ PROJECT, which engage issues surrounding the division of Korea and the border region near the demilitarized zone.
From 1993 to 2004, Kim was the chief curator at the Art Sonje Center, Seoul, and in 2005, was Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. She has worked on numerous exhibitions of artists such as Martin Creed, Kim Beom, Haegue Yang, Shinro Otake, Lee Bul, Jewyo Rhii, Sung Hwan Kim, and Abraham Cruzvillegas at Art Sonje Center. Through Samuso, Kim established and curated Platform Seoul, an annual art festival whose editions include "Platform in KIMUSA: Void of Memory" (2009), and co-curated the "Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists From Korea" in 2009 at LACMA and MFAH. Kim has taken part in a wide range of projects: Artistic Director of Media City Seoul (2010), Artistic Co-Director of Gwangju Biennale (2012), Agent for dOCUMENTA 13 (2013), and Artistic Director of ACC Research & Archive in Asian Culture Center in Gwangju (2014-2015). She was a professor in the Department of Art Theory at Korea National University of the Arts from 2006 to 2012, and has received several awards such as the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Award (2004) and been honored with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal by the French Minister of Culture and Communications (2003).
Victoria Noorthoorn is the Director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires since August 2013. She received an M. A. in Art History from the University of Buenos Aires and an M. A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies in Bard College, New York. She has acted as Projects Coordinator of the International Program at MoMA, New York; Assistant Curator of Contemporary Exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; and Curator at Malba-Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires.
She has been independent between 2004 and 2013; during this time, she curated the 29th Pontevedra Art Biennial, in Pontevedra, Spain (2006); the 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas in Cali, Colombia (2008); the 7th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009); the 11ème Biennale de Lyon: A Terrible Beauty Is Born in France (2011); and The Circle Walked Casually, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin (2013), among many other exhibitions. In 2011, she was nominated finalist for The Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Excellence. In 2012, she was presented with the honors of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2014, she was selected to attend the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Benjamin Seroussi (1980, France) is based in São Paulo, Brazil where he works as curator, editor and cultural manager. He is currently the director of Casa do Povo and curator at Vila Itororó, both projects consist in developing cultural institutions in a close dialogue with their respective surroundings and with wider urban issues, aiming to reach local and international relevance.
Seroussi holds a Master in Sociology (Ecole Normale Supérieure and Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and a Master in Cultural Management (Sciences-Po). He was deputy director at Centro da Cultura Judaica [Jewish Cultural Center], São Paulo, from 2009 to 2012; associate curator on the 31st Bienal de São Paulo, How To (...) Things That Don’t Exist, in 2014; and lectures regularly on curating and cultural management.
As editor and curator, Seroussi conceived and developed projects such as the publications Pop’Lab Guillaume-En-Egypte (2009, with Chris Marker, Annick Rivoire and Toffe), Revista 18 (2010-2012, with Michel Laub and Jaco Terron Reiners) and Nossa Voz [Our Voice] (2014-2015, with Mariana Lorenzi); the exhibitions Visões de Guerra: Lasar Segall (2012, with Jorge Schwartz and Marcelo Manzoni) and Singularities, Nira Pereg (2012, with Sergio Edelsztein); and the transdisciplinary research-based project focusing on new religious movements New Jerusalem (2011-ongoing, with Eyal Danon).
Sumesh Sharma co-founded the Clark House Initiative, Bombay in 2010 where he presently is the curator along with being the invited curator to the biennale of African contemporary art - Dak’Art 2016, Senegal. His practice deals with alternate histories that are informed by the Black Arts movement, Socio-Economics, Immigration in the Francophone and Vernacular Equalities of Modernism.
He will curate a project at the Showroom, London and the Centre George Pompidou in 2017 and this year at the Athr Gallery in Jeddah and the New Gallery in Paris. He has curated exhibitions at the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, Para Site Hong Kong , Villa Vassilieff, Paris and Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam. He has been a resident at Manifesta Online Residency, San Art , Vietnam, Cités des Arts , Paris, and was the ICI fellow for Senegal in 2014.
Clark House Initiative, established in 2010 by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma
is a curatorial collaborative concerned with ideas of freedom. Strategies of
equality have informed their work, while experiments in re-reading of histories,
and concerns of representation and visibility, are ways to imagine alternative
economies and freedom. Clark House Initiative intends to actively recall political and artistic figures into contemporaneity, and to question the recent rise of fascism in India based on exaggerated rumours of economic prosperity and nationalist pride.
Bisi Silva is an independent curator. She founded the Centre for Contemporary Art of Lagos in 2007, and has directed it ever since. She has been the the Artistic Director of the 2015 edition of Rencontres de Bamako, African Photography Biennial. In 2012, she was co-curator of the exhibition The Progress of Love, a collective and transnational production which took place in three different exhibition spaces in the United States and in Nigeria (oct. 2012 – jan. 2013). She was co-curator for J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty at Museum Kiasma, in Helsinki (april – nov. 2011). In September 2009, she was also co-curator of the second edition of Thessalonique Biennial for contemporary art in Greece : Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty ; and in 2006, Silva was one of the co-curators of the Dakar Biennial in Senegal.
ARTISTIC COMMITTEE 2016
In 2016, the Artistic Committee of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship will be composed of:
Nikita Yingqian Cai: Chief Curator of the Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Antonio Eligio Fernández: Artist and Independent Curator, Cuba
Sunjung Kim: Director, Samuso, Seoul, South Korea
Osvaldo Sanchez: Director, inSite/Casa Gallina, Mexico City, Mexico
Bernard Blistène: Director, MNAM CCI – Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Victoria Noorthoorn: Director, Museum de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bisi Silva: Director, CCA, Lagos, Nigeria
Colette Barbier: Director, Ricard Corporate Foundation, Paris, France
Mélanie Bouteloup: Director, Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research and Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France
Virginie Bobin: Head of Programs, Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France
Antonio Eligio Fernández
Tonel is an artist, art critic, and curator who shares his time in Canada and Cuba. He has worked extensively in Cuba, Latin America, Europe, Canada, and the United States. His texts on Cuban and Latin American contemporary art have been published regularly in Cuba and elsewhere. His essay « Loss and Recovery of the City (In the Cinema) » was published in a bilingual edition by White Wine Press and Pisueña Press (2010). Recent curatorial projects include, with Keith Wallace, The Spaces Between. Contemporary Art from Havana at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (2014 – 2015). He has co-curated, with Concha Fontenla, Signos. Arte, industria y viceversa, which opened on October, 2015 at Factoría Habana, Havana, Cuba.
Osvaldo Sánchez (Havana, Cuba), is a curator and critic, lives in Mexico City. Obtained his MBA in Art History from the University of Havana. Sánchez was a professor at the Academia de arte San Alejandro (1988) and at the Instituto Superior de Arte (1990), in Havana. Artistic Director of inSITE_05 and Curator of Interventions, he also served as cocurator of inSITE2000-01, San Diego-Tijuana, California. Between 2000-01, Sánchez acted as Director of the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo and from 1997 to 2000 he was Director of the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, in Mexico City. He also served as Director of the IV and V International Forum of Contemporary Art Theory (FITAC, 1994-95). He has been also the Director of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City (2007-2012). He is currently the Project Director of inSite/Casa Gallina.
Nikita Yingqian Cai
Nikita Yingqian Cai lives and works in Guangzhou, where she is currently Associate Director and Chief Curator at Guangdong Times Museum. She has curated such exhibitions as A Museum That is Not (2011), Jiang Zhi: If This is a Man (2012), You Can Only Think about Something if You Think of Something Else (2014), Roman Ondák: Storyboard (2015). She is also organizing the para-curatorial series at Guangdong Times Museum, which features an annual seminar, and related publication. These seminars have included No Ground Underneath: Curating on the Nexus of Changes (co-organized with Carol Yinghua Lu, 2012), Active Withdrawal: Weak Institutionalism and the Institutionalization of Art Practice, (co-organized with Biljana Ciric, 2013), Cultivate or Revolutionize? Life between Apartment and Farmland (co-organized with Binna Choi, 2014), Between Knowing and Unknowing: Research in-and-through Art (2015). During the de Appel Curatorial Programme in 2009–10, she co-curated I’m Not Here. An Exhibition without Francis Alÿs, with the other participants. Her writings have appeared in a number of publications and magazines, and she is a contributing writer to LEAP, Artforum.com.cn, Arttime, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.