For this new two-year residency cycle, Gaël Charbau has selected three artists and one duo to explore the different aspects of Hermès savoir-faire: Matthieu Haberard will discover leatherwork, duo Julie Villard & Simon Brossard will experiment with fine metalworking, Bianca Bondi will learn the skills and gestures associated with silk, and Linda Sanchez will explore the secrets of crystalware.
In 2022, Matthieu Haberard will be hosted by the Maroquinerie de Guyenne in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Born in 1991 in Toulouse, he graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2016. His practice centres on the handmade, and carefully distances itself from technology, drawing further inspiration from the world of childhood to create hybrid, totemic forms. Artist duo Simon Brossard & Julie Villard will, meanwhile, explore the skills of silversmithing at Puiforcat in Pantin, Île-de-France. Born in 1994 in Créteil and in 1992 in Carpentras, respectively, these two visual artists met during their studies at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris-Cergy and have worked together since 2016. Their formal vocabulary borrows freely from art nouveau, design, video games and science fiction to give form to strange sculptures based on industrial aesthetics, where the mechanical fuses with the organic.
In 2023, Holding Textile Hermès in Pierre-Bénite, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, will welcome South African artist Bianca Bondi. Born in Johannesburg, she studied at the Wits School of Arts in her home city before continuing her training at Paris-Cergy. Her constantly evolving pieces centre on the capacity for metamorphosis of her materials, which she carefully manages and stages to offer a reflection upon environmental issues. Linda Sanchez, who was born in Thonon-les-Bains in 1983, will, meanwhile, undertake her residency at the Cristallerie Saint-Louis in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, in the Grand Est region. A graduate of the École Supérieure d’Art d’Annecy-Alpes, she uses numerous processes, apparatuses and mechanisms to create highly specific forms and singular objects. At the same time, she maintains a free approach and celebrates the properties of each material through a combination of experiment and rigour.
Each of these four residencies will be the subject of a Cahier de residence chapbook co-published by Actes Sud and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.